Ever dreamt of inheriting an island? Even if it is overrun by black rats and battered by some of the worst weather in Scotland? This is the reality for Tom Nicolson, owner of the Shiant Isles.
The Shiants are a crucial breeding location for seabirds and home to one of the UK’s largest colonies of puffins. But the seabirds are being decimated by the island’s other dominant inhabitant – the non-native black rat. To save the sea bird population the island must be rid of all the black rats.
Black Rat Island follows the plight of Tom, the young owner of the Shiants, as he comes to terms with the harsh responsibility of owning an island in Scotland while living in London. The film charts the difficult mission, along with wildlife experts, throughout one tough winter, to eradicate every single rat and the challenges that arise consequently.
Screening Formats: Digital file
Broadcast on STV – Monday 10th October 2016 / 8pm
Supported by: STV, Creative Scotland
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This film was developed as part of This is Scotland, our initiative for up-and-coming filmmakers based in Scotland.