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
We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage
The children of St Agnes School collect apples to make juice and bird feeders. Each year they remove apples to reduce available food for rats - if a rat gets back.
This fooatge was taken using a burrowscope. The research assistants gently slide the scope into the rock burrow to see evidence of nesting birds. You see the female starts to call, this is in reponse to a tape of the call of the Manx shearwaters being played - this is another method by which we survey Manx shearwaters in the burrows, a call back means an occupied burrow. You can see as the bird shuffles, she rearranges not one but two eggs underneath her. Incubating two eggs is rare for these birds. We have nick named here 'Double- yolker!'
This was taken on the island of Annet, a protected bird sanctuary, during the seabird breeding census in July 2015. Storm petrels only leave and return to their breeding sites (boulder beaches, burrows and stone structures) under cover of darkness, which makes them hard to survey. Recording the number of birds responding to a taped callback allows an estimate of the total breeding population.
‘Trouble in Paradise’, the Project Film by Matt Brierley
Hannah Stitfall, Cornwall college has produced this footage for to contribute to; A degree level modulE, BSc Applied Zoology & Conservation, this contains a 2nd year module on invasive species and biosecurity, validated by Plymouth University and delivered by Cornwall College from the Centre for Applied Zoology at its Newquay campus; MSc based around international case studies. With thanks to Dr Peter McGregor, FRSB, Research and Projects Manager & ResM coordinator
St Agnes school 'willow wildlife' and rat monitoring checks December 2015
Storm petrel chick heard calling back from nesting chamber (September 2015)
Storm petrel chick calling back on Gugh (September 2015)
Date with Nature walks - Jaclyn talks to visitors
'Holiday club' childrens Scilly shrew hunt Aug 2015 (thanks to Council of the Isles of Scilly)
Seabird Ecologists discuss their surveys from full Annet survey June 2015
Martin Auld (RSPB sabbatical) recording storm petrels mnesting on Annet July 2015
Guillemots calling during SPA survey on Gorregan (adults and chicks)
Natura 2000 Day! 21st May 2015. Five Islands School, Blue Class tell us all about our seabird trip
Five Islands School Head Teacher Linda Todd tells us why it is important for the school children to engage with their seabird heritage
Project walk on Gugh, interview with 'walkers' May 2015
Full SPA Seabird Surveys get underway - meet the team! May 2015
Cornwall College, Newquay visit the project and tell us why they are smiling! May 2015
Community 'rat monitoring' group tell us about their refresher training April 2015
Young Ambassadors (Xanthe, Kerry, Keely and Katherine) Easter St Mary's activity 2015