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 Natura 2000 Network

The Isles of Scilly Special Protection Area (SPA) has been designated for the internationally important seabird populations that occur on the islands.  Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation form the Natura 2000 network,which are the best places in the European Union (EU) countries for rare or vulnerable wildlife.

By 2011, the total number of Natura 2000 sites designated was 26,101, covering 949,910 ha. In the UK there were 898 covering 54,474 ha.  Of this 17,683 ha was terrestrial, which amounts to 7.2% of the UK’s national area, the lowest of any participating country.



Manx Shearwater ©Nathan Fletcher

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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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