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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Seeing Seabirds

The Isles of Scilly are a great place to see seabirds. Whilst some seabirds can be seen all year, others only come here to breed during April to September.  If you want to see puffins and other auks then a visit to the islands between mid April and July is required.

Some of the best ways to get to know your seabirds  

  • Boat trips around the uninhabited islands in summer are a great way to see the seabird spectacle.

  • Guided natural history walks, talks and events will help your understanding of the important seabird heritage.

  • Listen for the eerie calls of the Manx shearwater at night during spring and summer

Puffin ©Nathan Fletcher

See seabirds on a boat trip


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.