A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
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We saw 105 Manx Shearwaters returning from their long migration. Also seen were 1 Great Skua, 3 Puffins, 238 Gannets, 57 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 27 Kittiwakes, 20 LBB Gulls, 3 Fulmar. 2 Common Dolphins showed briefly. From Wolf to St Mary's we saw another 11 Manx Shearwaters, most when nearing the islands. Also 10 Puffins, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbills, 32 Guillemots, 32 Gannets, 5 GBB Gulls, 1 Fulmar, 4 Kittiwakes. 122 LBB Gulls streamed out of the Sound after something we could only guess.
St Mary's to Wolf: 2 Great Northern Divers, 100+ LBB Gulls, and low numbers of Guillemots, Gannets, Fulmar and Kittiwakes. 3 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise showed briefly. 2 Atlantic Grey Seals were close to the St Mary's shoreline.
From Wolf the light was failing until darkness when we docked at Penzance. Seen however were 6 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffin, 3 Common Scoter, 88 Gannets, 19 Guillemots, 16 Auk Species, 4 LBB Gulls, 8 Kittiwakes, 7 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter, 100+ Herring Gull.
6 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoise showed briefly.
Brian Craven and Vivian Stratton.
RSPB Wildlife Volunteers Guide.