A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage
The islands are home to breeding populations of 14 species; approximately 20,000 birds in all. This includes both storm petrel and Manx shearwater for which the UK has a global responsibility. Since 1983, however, populations have been in decline.
The project has a number of aims including reversing the recent drop in numbers by removing invasive rats from St Agnes and Gugh, maintaining the uninhabited seabird islands 'rat-free' and increasing the number of people actively involved in seabird conservation. The project seeks to encourage the islands to make the most of their natural environmental assets by enhancing access and visitor enjoyment, thus serving to boost local incomes at the same time as securing the future of seabirds on the archipelago.
On 13th February 2016 - St Agnes and Gugh was offically declared 'rat-free'! St Agnes school children sang a 'Special Seabirds Song'
First Manx shearwater chick recorded on Agnes and Gugh in living memory
Storm petrel chick, St Agnes (Photo David Price). The first recorded chicks to have survived on St Agnes and Gugh in living memory, September 2015
We are looking for a range of people to become involved;
Seabird Ambassador - Community volunteers are needed to check monitoring...
Seabird Ambassador - Live Interpreters are needed. Do you have the skills...