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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Each year rats unfortunately swim back to the uninhabited island of St Helens from nearby inhabited islands. This is an important island for Manx shearwaters and puffins, so in order to protect them from rats we need to further understand which types monitoring tools and types of bait to use to detect and remove rats. This winter we are taking DNA samples from the rats to see if they are resistant to any baits and to understand which flavoured waxes they prefer (in 2015 it seemed to be aniseed). Today we set up our sampling stations, thanks to volunteers Alex, Amy and Stuart for assisting us today.








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.