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 final check for rats in order to achieve ‘rat-free status’ under international protocol is underway!  Biz Bell and her team from Wildlife management International arrived on 6th January.

Biz says “Myself and ‘ratter’ team member Alex, plus two new volunteers will be carrying out the final check for rats over six weeks. There will be others stakeholders from the project partnership coming out to help too. We will be setting up monitoring points around the coast line of both St Agnes and Gugh as well as a selected number of lines through the farms and central areas of the islands. It will also be a good chance for everyone to get extra biosecurity training, discuss any aspects of the project or onward plans they would like to know about, and I look forward to getting feedback on how you all felt the removal operation went. We will also provide information about other island restoration and species recovery work and why so many other island communities will want to learn about this project!” Listen to the interview with the team under ‘project publications/2015/Final check ‘

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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.