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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The long staying drake Common Eider showed well in the harbour, close to the Scillonian . The weather was not as forecasted, being overcast and with a  cold NE wind, sea state 3-4. Between Penzance and Wolf we saw 74 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Gannets, 7 Razorbill, 5 Guillemots, 22 Auks, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 6 Swallows and 11 fairly distant Common Dolphins. From Wolf to St Mary's numbers dwindled with 5 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and a little Egret close to the island.
The return was on calmer waters but with even less birds. Between St Mary's and Wolf only 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Black-backed and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. After Wolf, moving west were 1 Puffin, 10 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Gannet, 22+ Herring Gulls, 9 Guillemots, 7 Razorbill and a single Fulmar. 

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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.