Canna has a rabbit problem. A big one. Just four years after this small Inner Hebrides island was cleared of a major rat infestation that had threatened its important sea-bird population, its 19 (human) residents are now having to contend with a burgeoning community of rabbits. "There's millions of them. I risk breaking my ankle by stepping on a burrow every time I go out to hang up the washing," says Gunn.
The chef at the island's only restaurant admits that he is also having to get creative with his rabbit recipes. "We've got a lovely rabbit liver pâté on as a starter," says Aart Lastdrager, co-owner of the 16-seat Gille Brighde. "And then rabbit pie made with a bacon-and-white wine sauce. We do have rabbit on the menu every day, but it is fantastic meat. And it has no food miles."
The problem is which vegetables to serve with the rabbit. "Everything gets eaten," says Lastdrager.
"It's devastating," says Geraldine MacKinnon, who runs the only farm on the island. "The warrens undermine the stone walls. I hardly used to see rats when we had the rat problem. The rabbits are far worse."
Despite the protestations of the residents, Dr Richard Luxmoore, senior nature conservation adviser for the National Trust for Scotland, which owns the island, says: "There's no evidence of a correlation between the rat eradication and the swelling rabbit population. We plan to continue controlling numbers by trapping and fencing."
Gunn has got different ideas. "Maybe we could sell them to people in London. We could market Canna rabbit as a delicacy."