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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First Manx shearwater chick recorded on St Agnes and Gugh in living memory. August 2014

To watch more footage of the 2014 chicks scroll below!

Project film- watch here!

‘Trouble in Paradise’, the Project Film by Matt Brierley

BBC Countryfile

The Project was filmed by BBC Countryfile in April 2014. To find out more, click here.


Five Islands School

Year 9 Music class, 'Nature in Music project'

Year 9 music class students created wonderful project videos.First Place: Andy Erentraut and Jo Wright. Their inspirational video featured iconic project footage of seabirds and special places on the islands, with narration and text .

Manx shearwater chicks August - September 2014. These chicks have survived this year due to the removal of the rats. 

Manx shearwaters August 2014 

Manx shearwater, Wingletang, St Agnes - under the cover of darkness they leave their chick in the burrow to head out to sea to feed.

Manx shearwaters filmed at night on Bryher. Rats are the biggest threat to shearwaters on land.  

These clips were taken in June 2014 by Amy Horn-Norris and Jaclyn Pearson

Scilly shrews....It is not just seabirds set to benefit from the removal of rats on St Agnes and Gugh 

Five Islands Secondary School Music class pupils sing the 'Manx shearwater Christmas song'.

They wish the Manx shearwaters over wintering off Brazil 'Feliz Navidad' (Merry Christmas in Spanish!). The chidren sang about the behaviour of the seabirds 'FLAP, FLAP, FLAP' and how to help our seabirds by reporting a RAT RAT RAT! 

Audio 2014

BBC Presenter, Mike Dilger Pt 2

BBC Presenter, Mike Dilger Pt 3

School design and technology project. Design a game for fetes. July 2014

Five Islands School DT class makes a game for fundraising at the fetes. July 2014 

Bishop Stopford  School Year 8 pupils. July 2014 

St Just school talks about what they learnt as part of their seabird walk. June 2014 

Bishop Stopford School talk about their field trip. June 2014

Manx shearwater and storm petrel surveys. May 2014 

Holiday Club interview. May 2014

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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