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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Local Attractions

The islands are a great place to explore and here are some of their many attractions:

  • Take a boat trip to enjoy the seabird colonies on Annet, Western Rocks, Norrard Rocks or Eastern Isles.  You are sure to see seals as well.
  • Take a 'shearwater special' or pelagic trip to see Manx shearwater and storm petrel.  You may be lucky enough to encounter sharks and dolphins too.
  • Listen out for the “eerie” calls of Manx shearwater overhead at night from the comfort of your tent on St Agnes or Bryher.
  • See some of Britains largest rafts of shags, they can be seen from the inter-island tripper boats, along with the occasional razorbill or guillemot.
  • Take a guided walk around the islands or go to a natural history talk where experts can tell you more about the islands' seabirds.
  • The Scillonian III provides an ideal introduction to this special area for seabirds, whales and dolphins.  Check the Steamship Company's website for sailings when wildlife guides are on board.
  • Evening talks about the natural history on the islands are available on St Mary’s.
  • Find out where birds have been seen at the IOSBG information board outside the rear entrance to the Pilots Gig, St Mary’s.
  • Visit the Isles of Scilly Museum on St Mary’s. It has an amazing bird collection where you can learn more about the islands seabirds and the work to conserve them.
  • Visit Tresco Abbey Gardens, which is home to a unique collection of plants.  Check the calendar for special walks and talks run by the RSPB at the gardens every year when you can learn more about islands seabirds and the work to conserve them here.
  • Visit the various craft shops and galleries where unique works of birdlife on the islands can be found.


 You can learn more about islands' seabirds and the work to conserve them from the following providers:

Take a boat trip to see seabirds

Join a guided walk

Guides will show you seabirds

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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