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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Project Manager, Jaclyn Pearson is a bird ringer for the British Trust for Ornithology and tonight her and the project volunteers joined resident and visiting seabird bird ringers to undertake rigning of Manx Shearwaters and storm petrels at a 'constant effort site' on St Mary's.

They ringed over 100 birds, and it is always a magical experience to get so close to these truely pelgic birds - an absolute delight!

All birds are handled with care unnder BTO guidelines by experienced bird ringers.

IMG_5729.jpg Storm petrel taking a breather in heather before flying off back to sea.

IMG_5714.jpg Manx shearwater - we pop them on a rock after being ringed to get their bearing before flying back out to sea.

IMG_5707.jpg Manx shearwater being held by bird ringer Jamie. 


 IMG_5693.jpgstorm petrel in the hand - not much bigger than a house sparrow, yet masters of the open sea - incredible! 

IMG_5684.jpg storm petrel selfie! 

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.