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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Penzance to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse


28, Manx Shearwaters, 8 Gannets, 5, Guillemots, 5 Fulmars, 24, Kittiwakes, 3, Puffins, 1, Storm Petrel following a fishing boat,


Wolf Rock Lighthouse to the Isles of Scilly


1, Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannets, 5, Razorbills, 6, Guillemots, 2, Fulmars,  2 Puffins, 6 Storm Petrels, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 22, Shags


1 Harbour Porpoise.


Isles of Scilly to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse


12, Manx Shearwaters, 17, Gannets, 8 Razorbills, 12, Guillemots, 3, Kittiwakes, 1, Storm Petrel, 4, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1, Great Black-backed Gull,


4, Harbour Porpoise, 1, Ocean Sunfish.


Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Penzance


760, Manx Shearwaters, 7, Gannets, 12, Razorbills, 16 Guillemots, 5, Fulmars, 23 Puffins including a raft of 11 birds, 2, Storm Petrels, 


7, Great Black-backed Gulls,  1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Eider Duck, drake in Penzance Harbour with traces of oil on the plumage


6 Bottle-nose Dolphins, 4 Common Dolphins.


This trip was quite extraordinary because of the number of Puffins sitting around a total of 28 Puffins in all, and in 55 years of going to and from the Isles of Scilly i have never encountered such numbers on a single trip.


Kind Regards


Vivian Stratton


On Monday 13th, Dave Flumm returned to Penzance (after very early morning bird surveys for the project!) and recorded the following; 


Scilly to Wolf Rock:          1 s/p Great Northern Diver between St Mary’s and St Agnes, 1 Bonxie, 81 Manx Shearwater, 28 Gannet, 7 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 1 Harbour Porpoise.


Wolf Rock to Penzance:                c3700 Manx Shearwater included a raft of c3200 SW of Longships Lighthouse, 97 Gannet, 8 Fulmar, 36 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot.





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.