biogeography; species area; colonisation; ecosystem function; eradication; reference sites; Korapuki Island; unknown consequences; New Zealand

Mercury Islands and their role in understanding seabird island restoration

The progressive removal of invasive mammals from the Mercury Islands has led to over 25 years of field study designed to test the processes of restoration and natural recovery of these seabird-driven island ecosystems. Resulting from this work, four key restoration questions can now be identified as fundamental to designing island restoration programmes.