A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed

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Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago

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We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage

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This partnership project aims to protect the seabirds in Scilly by keeping St Agnes and Gugh and the uninhabited seabird islands 'rat-free'. The project thanks the EU LIFE programme and the Heritage Lottery Fund for financial support.

The islands are home to breeding populations of 14 species; approximately 20,000 birds in all. This includes both storm petrel and Manx shearwater for which the UK has a global responsibility. Since 1983, however, populations have been in decline.

The project has a number of aims including reversing the recent drop in numbers by removing invasive rats from St Agnes and Gugh, maintaining the uninhabited seabird islands 'rat-free' and increasing the number of people actively involved in seabird conservation. The project seeks to encourage the islands to make the most of their natural environmental assets by enhancing access and visitor enjoyment, thus serving to boost local incomes at the same time as securing the future of seabirds on the archipelago.


End of Project Conference, St Agnes and St Mary's September 2017

On 13th February  2016 - St Agnes and Gugh was offically declared 'rat-free'! St Agnes school children sang a 'Special Seabirds Song

September 2014 - First Manx shearwater chick in living memory recorded on St Agnes and Gugh

First Manx shearwater chick recorded on Agnes and Gugh in living memory 


Storm petrel chick, St Agnes (Photo David Price). The first recorded chicks to have survived on St Agnes and Gugh in living memory, September 2015 


We are looking for a range of people to become involved; 

Seabird Ambassador - Community volunteers are needed to check monitoring...

Seabird Ambassador - Live Interpreters are needed. Do you have the skills...

Latest news

    • Project features in 'CountryFile' Magazine and...
    • End of Project Conference September 27 - 28..
    • Press release - how to protect seabirds...
    • See the End of Project Conference in photos 

Seabird heritage

Trouble in Paradise

Watch the Project video here and meet our local seabirds and the team...

Principal Funders

  • Eruopa
  • Natura 2000
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

Project Partners and Supporters

  • RSPB
In addition to generous support from LIFE, the EU’s progamme for financing key environmental schemes across the continent and the UK’s own Heritage Lottery Fund, the Seabird Recovery Project is also being supported by the Isles of Scilly’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development Fund and the Isles of Scilly Bird Group.