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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The Residents of St Agnes and Gugh

Approximately 84 people live on St Agnes and Gugh, making this project the largest community-based island restoration project in the world to date (October 2017). The residents of St Agnes and Gugh provided 100% support for the project, and many are actively involved. The residents, farms and businesses of the islands stepped up to make the islands 'rat removal ready' by autumn 2013, assisted in the removal operation and are part of the ongoing monitoring and biosecurity measures to keep the islands 'rat-free' as seabird heritage volunteers.

A View From a Local Business at the Start of the Project


The project will have huge benefits for the islands of St Agnes and Gugh. We value our seabirds greatly, I provide tours to the Western rocks for visitors to see our seabirds so this project will ensure colonies of seabirds for future generations. 

John  Peacock,  St Agnes Boating 


A View from a Local Farmer at the Start of the Project


At Troytown farm we run a diary, icecream business and a campsite. Our campers come here to enjoy the natural environment and the seabirds, particuarly the Manx shearwaters which call at night from Annet. The rats have been destructive over the years, so the project will certainly benefit all our operations here and we know our campers will enjoy the island being 'rat-free'. 

Sam Hicks, Troytown Farm 




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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