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 Jaclyn guided a walk on St Mary's. Thanks to the visitors who came along to learn about the islands seabirds.

Unfortunately none of the Manx shearwaters called back from their burrows on Peninnis - the nests may have been disserted due to rats predating the eggs or chicks. One nest site seemed to still have signs of Manx shearwaters, but one certainly looked predated. These birds will try for years to come (they live to over 50 years old), hopefully one day we will be able to remove rats from islands with as big a human population as St Mary's. 


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.