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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We have hosted a visit from Italians; Giovanna, Massimo (Olbia Municipality/Tavolara Marine Protected Area) and Paolo, (associated beneficiary NEMO Ltd) to the islands. They are carrying out a LIFE Project “Protection of main world's population of Puffinus yelkouan and eradication of invasive alien species" . The main part of the project is to remove the rats from Tavolara Island (600 ha), north coast Sardina, which hosts 50% of the Puffinus yelkouan global population. They particularly wanted to learn about the biosecurity measures we have implemented so far.

Today we say bye and thank you for visiting us. Listen to their interview under ‘Project overview/Project publications/Video and Audio’. They explain that they have very much enjoyed the visit to the Isles of Scilly, and in particular meeting the community of St Agnes and Gugh and learning about the importance  of their ongoing support to keep the islands rat-free. We have learnt a great deal from them too and it has been great hosting them. We wish them the best of luck for their project and look forward to receiving updates on their work. 


Manx shearwater burrows - chicks are about to fledge for the first time in many years on St Agnes and Gugh! 


Visit to Gugh to set up trail cameras to try and catch footage of the chicks fledging! 




meeting local farmer and businessman Mike Hicks - Mike explained the project has 'been wonderful so far'



Community talk, Giovanna thanks the community for coming along and sharing their experiences.

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.