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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At RSPB's Aylesbeare Common in Devon, RSPB staff and volunteers today learnt how to assist the legacy of the project through 'incursion response' if a rat returns to St Agnes and Gugh. 

These wonderful staff and volunteers are trained to arrive on the islands within 48 hours of a rat returning, to set up an incursion grid and carry out a removal operation. The resident volunteers on St Agnes have also undertaken incursion training on St Agnes, so are trained to respond within the first 24 hours, afterwards working with this mainland team during a month long response to keep the islands rat-free. Team work is always the best option, and they all have a mutual goal – to protect the seabirds!

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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.