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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A small but steady population boom on Molokai is giving environmentalists a reason to cheer.

The Wedge-tailed shearwater, Molokai, Hawaii is making a comeback. This past October, volunteers gently banded 122 wedge-tailed shearwater chicks in a single day at The Nature Conservancy’s Mo’omomi Preserve on Molokai.

Shoreline development and predation by non-native species like rodents, cats, mongoose and dogs have deprived them of their natural coastal nesting grounds.

Staff began implementing year-round monitoring and protection strategies. Predator monitoring and control efforts now prevent feral cats, rats and mongoose from preying on eggs, chicks and adults. Trails have been re-routed away from nesting areas to minimize human disturbance and the risk of crushed burrows.

The Nature Conservancy will be banding new chicks again in April, and environmentalists are excited to see the population numbers soar.

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.