Removal of Rats from the Shiant Isles

Removal of Rats from the Shiant Isles

As part of the Shiant Isles Recovery Project, the RSPB are seeking an experienced (qualified) contractor to carry out an island restoration project for the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides, to remove black rats (Rattus rattus) using a ground based operation during the winter of 2015/2016.

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1 Authority Details

1.1

Authority Name and Address


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland)

Ground Floor, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park,

Edinburgh

EH12 9DH

UK

Philip Taylor

+44 1313174100
www.rspb.org.uk
www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

1.2

Address from which documentation may be obtained


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland)

Conservation Policy, Ground Floor, 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park,

Edinburgh

EH12 9DH

UK

Philip Taylor

+44 1313174100

philip.taylor@rspb.org.uk
www.rspb.org.uk

1.3

Completed documents must be returned to:


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB Scotland)

Procurement,

UK

Central Procurement

+44 1767680541

central.procurement@rspb.org.uk
www.rspb.org.uk

2 Contract Details

2.1

Title

Removal of rats from the Shiant Isles

2.2

Description of the goods or services required

As part of the Shiant Isles Recovery Project, the RSPB are seeking an experienced (qualified) contractor to carry out an island restoration project for the Shiant Isles, Outer Hebrides, to remove black rats (Rattus rattus) using a ground based operation during the winter of 2015/2016.

The successful applicant will provide a fully costed operational plan which meets all UK legal and logistical requirements. The bid will include the cost of all pre-removal assessment and preparatory work, the removal stages, follow up work and a final check carried out after two years without rat sign, including the cost of travel, subsistence and accommodation for contractor’s staff and volunteers used. The bid will also include contingency costs to be claimed in the unlikely event of a failed first attempt.

The islands are about 20 miles from Stornoway harbour and are therefore very remote, with difficult sea conditions sometimes cutting them off from the mainland. The islands are also made up of extremely challenging terrain, including near vertical cliffs, sea stacks and a stretch of water separating one of the three main islands. The contractor will need to develop and implement an operational plan which overcomes these challenges whilst maintaining the safety of all personnel on the islands. The successful applicant must be show their proposed approach is feasible, safe and must minimise risk to non-target species present on the islands, particularly geese and white-tailed eagles.

The successful applicant will be working closely with the RSPB Shiants Seabird Recovery Project Manager and the land owner. Volunteers, who shall be organised by RSPB, shall also be available to support during the removal stage. The contractor shall be responsible for their work and well-being whilst they are on the islands.

The contractor shall report to a project steering committee made up of representatives from RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage and the land owner. This group will evaluate the operational plan prior to and during the operation and will have opportunity to suggest and request alterations. As well as the project partners, the contractor must communicate and work with the islands’ grazer, the Shiant Auk Ringing Group, the Sea Eagle Project Team and others to ensure the project has no negative impact on the islands, their users, and the islands’ archaeology.

Limited accommodation is available in the islands’ bothy. Alternative accommodation arrangements will need to be established for groups of more than four individuals or during summer, when the bothy will be in use by others. This will be the responsibility of the contractor. The bothy has a gas oven and open fire, but no running water. A water source exists on the islands but will require purification. A contract with boat operators shall be established by RSPB based on the prescriptions of the final Operational Plan, taking into account both RSPB and contractor uses throughout the project.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=321546.

2.3

Notice Coding and Classification

181600 Pest Control
189999 other Environmental Services

120 Highlands and Islands

2.4

Total quantity or scope of tender

The contract will cover the removal of all rats from the Shiant Isles. The islands are made up of three main islands, several sea stacks and cover an area of around 200ha.

We expect the eradication to last for the entirety of the period from November 2015 til March 2016, with preparatory logistics being undertaken in the autumn before. After eradication the contractor will be expected to undertake long term monitoring, resulting in a final check for rats 2 years after the eradication.

We expect to spend £300,000 for these services.

3 Conditions for Participation

3.1

Minimum standards and qualification required

The successful contractor will be appropriately qualified, trained and experienced, to comply with all statutory requirements, implied terms, regulations and codes of practice relating to the supply of services generally, in particular the services described in the bid.

4 Administrative Information

4.1

Type of Procedure

Single stage – Any candidate may submit a tender.

4.2

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

N/a

4.3

Time Limits

a) Time-limit for obtaining documentation 10-10-2014

b) Time-limit for receipt of completed tenders
10-11-2014  Time  12:00

c) Estimated award date 03-12-2014

4.5

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

EN

4.6

Tender Submission Postbox

5 Other Information

5.1

Additional Information

(SC Ref:321546)

5.2

Additional Documentation

Shiants EU LIFE bid
Shiants Feasibility Study
Shiant Isles Recovery Project Tender invitation

5.3

Publication date of this notice

01-10-2014

 

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