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 Isles of Scilly
Seabird Recovery Project

Working with communities and visitors on the Isles of Scilly to protect their seabird heritage.

This partnership project aims to provide a safe future for internationally important seabird populations on the Isles of Scilly is now underway thanks to financial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the EU LIFE programme.

The islands are home to breeding populations of 13 species; approximately 20,000 birds in all. This includes both European Storm Petrel and Manx Shearwater, for which the UK has a global responsibility. Since 1983, however, the overall seabird population in Scilly has been in decline with an overall drop of about 25% by 2006.

The project has a number of aims including reversing the recent drop in numbers of seabirds by removing invasive brown rats from St Agnes and Gugh and increasing the number of people actively involved in seabird conservation. The project seeks to encourage the islanders 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.

The project is run by a partnership of organisations; RSPB, the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the Duchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The project is also supported by the Isles of Scilly Bird Group.

Trouble in Paradise

‘Trouble in Paradise’, the Project Film by Matt Brierley

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Manx shearwater surveys 

St Agnes school actively involved in seabird conservation


Principal Funders

  • Eruopa
  • Natura 2000
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • DEFRA

Project Partners and Supporters

  • RSPB
In addition to generous support from LIFE, the EU’s progamme 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.