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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Today the 'Five islands school Year 9 Youth Ambassadors' for the project took a field trip to Peninnis, St Mary's to survey for Manx shearwater chicks. We heard one Manx shearwater in a burrow reply to the taped call and we were delighted. Hear the group interview under 'audio'. 

This is the first Manx shearwater of the year recorded as nesting on St Mary's. Unfortunately it is unlikely the chick will fledge from the burrow here on S5t Mary's, due to predation by rats. It felt very good though to think about all the hard work on Agnes to keep the islands rat free and how more islands across Scilly could take part in rat removal in the future. 

The projects youth ambassadors so far are; 

Xanthe Hicks - St Agnes Youth Ambassador 

Kerry Hulands - Bryher Youth Ambassador 

Keely Lawson and Katherine Pritchard - St Marys Youth Ambassadors 

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Its not just seabirds benefiting from the project - insescts may benefit too, here we found a black oil beetle. 


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.