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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To keep St Agnes rat-free, rats are controlled on St Mary’s quay in order to reduce the likelihood of them finding their ways onto boats and being accidently transferred to St Agnes. For the past four years IOSSRP and IOSWT staff have maintained these stations on St Mary’s quay with access permissions.

As the project now draws to an end, Mervyn and Lee will now continue to maintain these 10 lockable permanent baiting boxes on St Mary's quay.

This is called securing a 'biosecurity pathway’, so huge thanks to Mervyn, Lee and Gemma Summerwill (Freight Manager) Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, for assisting to keep St Agnes and Gugh rat-free. 


Jaclyn trains Lee (middle) and Mervyn (right) 



visiting the islands, learnt about

the project and congratulated all the hard work. 

Principal Funders

Project Partners

  • RSPB
In addition to generous support from LIFE, the EU’s program 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.