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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Feasibility study update

Wildlife Management International Ltd (WMIL), the firm that ran the feasibility study into rat removal from Scilly two years ago, has won the contract for undertaking the removal work itself.

Based in New Zealand, WMIL has more than 20 years of international experience of island restoration projects, including major rat eradication exercises in the South West on Lundy and in Scotland on the Isle of Canna.

The company regularly manages and trains up teams of staff, community members and other volunteers on its many schemes. Senior ecologist Elizabeth Bell and key members of her team are due to be on the islands in June for pre-assessment work prior to the commencement of rat removal  in November.

Not only that, but at least two Balearic shearwaters have been seen. Just 3000 pairs of this Critically Endangered species survive, breeding on rocky Mediterranean islands between February and June.

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.