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 ink tracking tunnels are designed to track any signs of rat footprints, but there has been no rat sign now for over 8 weeks. Instead these tracking tunnels with a lure of peanut butter are proving popular with the Scilly shrews, who appear to have developed a slightly sweet tooth (they normally feed on insects). 

The population of shrews appears to have risen very quickly since the rat removal work. Rats do predate shrews. 

So the rat teeth sign we were finding on soap and chocolate wax blocks is being replaced with tiny shrew teeth marks and tiny shrew footprints in ink tunnels. 

 

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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.