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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After an evening of amazing thunder storms and very strong winds we left on a fairly calm sea.

On the outward journey we saw a couple of Barrel Jellyfish near Penzance and 4 Sunfish, 3 of which were beyond the Wolf Lighthouse. Seabirds included a scattering of Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Scoter west of Mousehole and a single Cory's Shearwater as we approached the Scillies were the outward highlights.

The return trip to Penzance produced a few more seabirds. The Manx Shearwaters were almost all seen around the Cornish coast. Razorbills, Guillemots and Fulmars were also seen.

At least 2 Harbour Porpoises were seen between the Wolf lighthouse and the mainland. A seal watched us sail-by, miles away from the St Mary's coast.

As we  neared Penzance a dark phase Arctic Skua was seen pursuing the only Kittiwake of the trip across Mounts Bay. Both made amazing stoops, twists and turns until out of view.

 

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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.