Birds on an island off the north Devon coast are showing signs of recovery for the first time since 2003. Rats were culled from the island three years ago in an effort to help the Manx Shearwaters and puffins that used to breed there. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds had said the cull was necessary because the rats decimated the bird populations by eating the eggs and chicks. Animal Aid did not agree with the plan, believing other factors besides the rats caused the decline in bird population. Read more in the article Signs of chicks after island cull on the BBC.