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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The Council of the Isles of Scilly Extended schools holiday club today joined the project, taking a field trip to St Agnes and Gugh. The most exciting part of the day was hearing two Manx shearwater chicks calling back from their burrows on Gugh - these are the first birds recorded back on their burrows on Gugh this year - woohoo! 

Other activities of the day were;

  •  a seabird and land bird survey - we recorded 20 different species! 
  • viewing the kittiwakes making their nests 
  • crossing Gugh sand bar and looking what footprints we could find - we also found a dead stranded common dolphin, although upsetting, we learnt how the 'stranding network' can be contacted and what we should do if we find live stranding. 
  • learning about storm petrels on Annet
  • an Easter bunny-egg hunt! The young people had to use team working skills just as project staff do when they carry out rabbit surveys 
  • ice cream from Troytown farm! (it was tasting activity, supporting local businesses!) 

Feedback from the day included

‘I had a great time learning about the seabirds and the project’

‘I really enjoyed hearing the Manx shearwater calling back from the burrow’

‘I will help seabirds by calling the number if I see anything ratty on St Agnes and Gugh’

‘seabirds are cool, I really like the kittiwakes too’

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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.