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
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Before reaching Wolf Rock Lighthouse we managed to record 204 Gannets, 67 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Storm Petrels, 10 Fulmars and 1 Kittiwake.
From Wolf, 1 Great and 2 Cory's Shearwaters. Also seen were 5 Storm Petrels, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Fulmars and a few gulls. Of the 314 seen, 3 big congregations of Gannets numbering 50+,100+, 100+ were seen diving presumably with distant dolphins. In St Mary's Sound 120+ Shags were feeding together. 4 Common Dolphins had been seen close to the ship.
Leaving St Mary's, amongst a widespread 348 Gannets we found 5 Cory's and 27 Manx Shearwaters. Also noted 3 Storm Petrels, 7 Fulmars and 7 GBB, 1 LBB and 1 BH Gull. 4 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise close.
From Wolf Lighthouse to Penzance numbers increased. A much under-counted 685 Manx Shearwaters streamed past both sides of the ship, as they flew from The Lizard across Mounts Bay and around Porthgwarra. Also seen 4 Cory's Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 9 Fulmar and 3 Kittiwakes. 314 Gannets again included 3 feeding frenzy flocks of up-to 70+, the vast majority of which were adult birds. 1 Puffin and 2 Razorbills were the only auks seen on the trip. 5+ Common Dolphins came to the ship delighting passengers.
Brian Craven & Vivian Stratton
RSPB Wildlife Volunteers.