A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed

play.png  Project video


Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago

play.png  Project video


We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage

play.png  Project video

Penzance to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse

In Penzance harbour the eclipse drake Eider Duck and a first winter Mediterranean Black headed Gull, Redshank and 2 Oyster Catchers, with small rafts of  580, Manx Shearwaters, 5, Balearic Shearwaters, 1, Arctic Skua (dark phase),  157, Gannets, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Razorbills, 3, Guillemots, 7, Storm Petrels, 1, Fulmar.

Wolf Rock Lighthouse to St Mary's Isles of Scilly

A very rough passage produced, 112 Manx Shearwaters, 9 Storm Petrels, 1, Leach's Petrel, 1, Fulmar, 68, Gannets, 3, Great Skuas, 1, Common Snipe flying very low over the sea, in St. Mary's 52, Oyster Catchers,  and 25 Shags.

2 Common Dolphins.

St Mary's Isles of Scilly to Wolf Rock Lighthouse

16 Sandwich Terns with 12 in St Mary's Harbour, 228, Manx Shearwaters including a raft of 200 plus individuals, just before the Wolf Rock Lighthouse, with 5, Sooty Shearwaters, 11, Storm Petrels, 1, Fulmar, 36 Gannets, 1, Grey Phalarope, 2 Razorbills, 4, Guillemots.

Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Penzance

A large number of 334 Manx Shearwater which included two rafts of 100 plus Manx Shearwaters feeding, with 4 Sooty Shearwaters,

3, Balearic Shearwaters, 1,Great Shearwater, 2, Storm Petrels, 3, Fulmars, 435, Gannets many feeding accompanying Common Dolphins, 37 Guillemots, 5, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 13, Razorbills, 1 Common Tern, a flock of 25 Common Scoter,  4, Grey Phalaropes, 

22, Common Dolphins.

A thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Vivian Stratton

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.