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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Scillonian Wildlife Sightings 2017 

Birds

Total

Birds

Total

Arctic Skua

14

Oystercatcher

76

Arctic Tern

28

Pintail

0

Auk sp.

407

Pomarine Skua

2

Balearic Shearwater

53

Puffin

63

Black-headed Gull

37

Purple Sandpiper

68

Chiffchaff

1

Razorbill

322

Common Gull

1

Red Kite

6

Common Redstart

0

Redshank

1

Common Sandpiper

1

Red-throated Diver

3

Common Scoter

88

Reed Warbler

0

Common Snipe

1

Ringed Plover

2

Common Tern

8

Rock Pipit

0

Common Whitethroat

0

Sabine's Gull

2

Cormorant

18

Sandwhich Tern

76

Cory's Shearwater

27

Shag

229

Eider

13

Shelduck

0

Dunlin

7

Sooty Shearwater

66

Fulmar

186

Sparrowhawk

0

Gannet

6973

Spotted Flycatcher

0

Goldcrest

1

Storm Petrel

105

Great Black Backed Gull

266

Swallow

4

Great Northern Diver

8

Turnstone

78

Great Shearwater

20

Whimbrel

55

Great Skua

31

Willow Warbler

0

Grey Heron

1

Wilson's Petrel

2

Grey Phalarope

9

Mammals

0

Grey Wagtail

0

Atlantic Grey Seal

6

Guillemot

1216

Bottle-Nose Dolphin

60

Gull sp.

20

Common Dolphin

471

Herring Gull

620

Dolphin sp.

5

House Sparrow

0

Harbour Porpoise

72

Kittiwake

473

Minke Whale

6

Leach's Petrel

3

Risso's Dolphin

1

Lesser Black Backed Gull

277

Fish

0

Little Egret

2

Basking Shark

2

Manx Shearwater

19614

Blue Fin Tuna

5

Meadow Pipit

3

Ocean Sunfish

0

Mediterannean Gull

14

Reptiles

0

Mute Swan

0

Leather Back Turtle

9

Key Results


Number of bird species seen: 52
Number of mammal species seen: 7
Number of fish species seen: 3
Number of reptile species: 1

Total birds seen: 31601

Total mammals seen: 621
Total fish seen: 7
Total reptile species: 1

Total animals seen: 32238

 Feedback


Considerable exchanges with passengers about species of Seabirds observed on the trip as well as the breeding, conservation and migration of the current seabirds on the passage across to the Isles of Scilly.

Pointed out to them the many species of Seabirds, informing them of their plumage details, conservation and distribution throughout the Ocean.

One upcountry City birder delighted to be shown his first ever Shearwaters and Petrels. One birder  delighted when shown lifer, a Great Shearwater.

A couple took great interest (10 mins.) in rat removal method etc. .

A few thank yous for shouting and pointing out dolphins etc. 

positive feedback regards seeing puffins. 

Tutors and conservation students from Newquay College, some of whom spent quite a while with us learming seabird identification skills.

Almost everyone on-board took a leaflet and some asked for further information.

A couple were delighted to be shown lifers.

Non-birders got excited over dolphin sighting.

One couple told me they will join the RSPB.


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.