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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We hope that everyone visiting Scilly will have some time to learn about and enjoy our wonderful seabird heritage.  

  • 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.
  • Get to know your seabirds better, listen for the eerie calls of the Manx shearwater at night during spring and summer. 

Four things you can do to make a difference:

  • Report any signs of rats on the uninhabited islands, St Agnes and Gugh, or on your boat.
  • Avoid seabird colonies, keep dogs under close control and move away from birds showing signs of distress.
  • Please follow restrictions on visiting the uninhabited islands as all are important for wildlife.
  • Always dispose of waste properly and help to keep our beaches clean – litter provides food and nesting material for rats as well as being a hazard for seabirds and other marine life.

We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage.

Together we can keep these islands 'rat free'.

Call our 'rat on a rat' hotline on 01720 4221543 if you think you've seen a rat on St Agnes or Gugh.

Seabird boat trip © St Agnes Boating Wildlife Safari

Family fun days out with bird activities

Principal Funders

  • Eruopa
  • Natura 2000
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

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.

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