I met with Leslie Jaques, Pitcairn’s Commissioner, during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council which was held in London in October 2008. An officer from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lives on Pitcairn and officials from the governor’s office in Wellington are in daily contact with the Pitcairn community and administrative offices in Auckland.
The Government, through the Overseas Territories Environment Programme, is currently providing between £97,537 between 2007 and 2010 for a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds-run feasibility study into the eradication of rats from Henderson Island, a world heritage site. The fund has been used in the past for a number of projects including the production of a Management Plan for Henderson Island.
According to the 2008 ‘Red List’ produced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, seven species of birds in the Pitcairn group are considered to be vulnerable or endangered. These are the Henderson crake, Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson petrel, Henderson reed-warbler, Phoenix petrel and Pitcairn reed-warbler.