A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
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Today saw the results of Five Islands School, Year 9 Music ‘nature in music’ 2015 project. Year 9 music class students were set the task this term of creating a promotional video for the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project.
After Jaclyn's busy time on the mainland, her journey back to Scilly from Penzance via RIB on Sunday meant she could look out for the first Manx shearwaters returning to the islands. On the way she recorded two Manxies (amongst auk species, gannets and a Great skua). The incredible Manx shearwaters have migrated all the way back from South America where they have spent the winter months.
Each Friday, wildlife guides onboard the Scillonian III ferry point out wildlife to passengers, this was the first sailing of 2015 and what a sailing it was. The partial eclipse was seen by passengers, and porpoises, guillemots, a Great Skua and... six Manx shearwaters were seen, they are returning from South America!
The project delivered a talk at the 'South West Marine Ecosystems Meeting' today. Paul St Pierre explained the project so far to a group of over 140 people including students at Plymouth University.
The project was invited to deliver a talk at the RSPB's conservation conference in Leeds 10th - 12th March . We were honoured to be part of the two day event.
Jaclyn visited Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland, where a restortaion project removing rats and ferrets would certianly benefit these amazing island seabirds, local community and visitors.
Today the Wildlife Guides (who point out the wildlife seen from onboard the Scillonian III ferry to the passengers on Friday sailings) undertook training ahead of the start of the season.
Today Jaclyn visited Year 9 music students to set the brief for the 'music in nature' project.
There is just a month left now until the seabirds such as Manx shearwaters and Lesser black Backed gulls return to Scilly and IOSWT reduce the monitoring tools laid out to detect rats over winter.
Today Jaclyn gave an assembly to the Five Islands Secondary School, explaining about the project, and how small a storm petrel egg really is!