The explosion of rats in the Western Isles is NOT as a result of mink being eradicated, according to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Bob Chaffer, Foreman of the Hebridean Mink Project, commented: "“Mink would not be able to kill and eat enough rats to affect the overall population of rats. 

“Rats are commensal rodents, which means that they live with man and are associated with man. 

“That is why they have been so extremely successful. 

“The lowest common denominator in dictating ultimate rat populations is available food.”

For the full interview, see March's edition of EVENTS magazine.