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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Local Businesses

Seabird-friendly Tourism

The Isles of Scilly are protected for their inspiring wildlife and landscape.  This heritage is highly valued by those living and working here, and is of regional, national and international importance.  This rich heritage generates a significant income from tourism so conserving it is vital for Scilly.

One of the most popular ways in which local businesses are involved with our seabird heritage is through boat trips to Annet, the Bishop Rock, the Western Rocks, the Norrard Rocks and the Eastern Isles.  In addition, there are 'seabird special' evening boat trips to see the offshore evening congregations of Manx shearwaters, and round the islands seabird specials’.

A wide range of operators offer these boat trips, often accompanied by expert guides.

However, there are many other ways to celebrate our seabird heritage, and there are many historical aspects.  See the pages on Seeing Seabirds for more information.

We would also like to hear from local businesses about how seabirds benefit them, whether artists or publicans, retailers or transport.  Innovation is a theme of island life, so we are sure there will be ways people have of celebrating their seabirds than we have not thought of!

Seabird boat trip © St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safari


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.