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 Duchy of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate which funds the public, charitable and private activities of The Prince of Wales and his family. The Duchy consists of around 53,154 hectares of land in 24 counties, mostly in the South West of England. The Isles of Scilly have been part of the Duchy of Cornwall since its foundation in the 14th Century. The Duke of Cornwall has shown a strong personal interest in environmental issues for decades. The long history of the Duchy and the Duke’s own commitment to pass the estate down to his successors in a better and stronger condition requires a long-term stewardship approach.

With this in mind, His Royal Highness ensures that sustainable development, environmental and agricultural best practice, and working in partnership with tenants and communities, are at the heart of the Duchy’s management approach. The Duchy also works in partnership with a number of environmental organisations such as the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, Forum for the Future, the Soil Association and Natural England. The Duchy actively encourages its tenants to practice conservation alongside commercial farming. It does this by spreading information on best practice and responsibilities under environmental legislation, encouraging high levels of biodiversity, and raising awareness of the principles of organic farming, and the potential of other agri-environment schemes. Good land management is encouraged, and the Duchy supports the reduction and recycling of waste.


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.