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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Richard McCarthy, Councillor and community representative, would like to say a big thank you to WMIL and the volunteers

“The winter rat removal work has gone brilliantly. Despite the dreadful weather Biz Bell of WMIL and her team plus all the volunteers marched round the islands checking the bait stations with a cheerful word for everyone and a smile on their faces under their bright orange hats. They worked tirelessly and it was a pleasure to have them around this winter. They became part of the community. They helped with the fireworks on bonfire night and they helped with the children in school. They've done their bit and we're really sorry to see them go. Now it is over to us. Getting rid of the rats in such a short space of time has been a major triumph. But keeping St Agnes and Gugh rat-free is going to present a considerable challenge for the project team, the Wildlife Trust and islanders at large in the weeks and months ahead.”

And Jaclyn Pearson wants to say....

“Thanks to everyone involved in the project so far, WMIL and all the wonderful volunteers have left a legacy which the project team, islanders and visitors can all continue. At this project milestone, I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be working with such lovely people in the community who make this project what it is. The seabirds are about to return and already they have a brighter future. I look forward to working with you to keep these islands rat-free, it will require everyone's help — and I know we can do it. Here’s to the next four years of the project and beyond.”


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.