A special place... The Isles of Scilly are one of only two places in England where Manx Shearwaters breed
Under threat...The Isles of Scilly hold 3,000 fewer pairs of breeding seabirds than 25 years ago
We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage
Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th September 2017
Purpose of conference
To review the projects methods, share lessons learnt and effectiveness. Key decision makers will have the opportunity to learn the processes of rat removal work for island restoration and the key components for replication and transferability elsewhere in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Delegates invited include the community on St Agnes, the wider community of the islands, Steering Group representatives and their colleagues, conservation professionals from both the UK and Europe.
Programme for the conference
Day One – Wednesday 27th September 2017
Please ensure you are on St Mary’s quay for 13:30 to get the boat to St Agnes at 13:45 Conference hosts will meet you on the quay in ‘orange hats’.
14:10 Follow the ‘orange hats’ to the island hall
14:30 Arrive, tea and coffee.
Talks – part one
14:40 15:30 Day 1 talks, starting with ‘project so far’ from Project Manger
Field Trip – part one
15:30 Depart for field visit
15:40 Permanent monitoring stations with community members at Periglis
16:00 Walk to Troytown campsite, opportunity to support local business – ice-cream! Discussion with local business.
16:40 Visit Manx shearwater burrows and storm petrel nesting location (we will only see signs of the birds!)
17:00 Walk to Westward farm to meet local farmer – Discussion with local farmer.
17:15 Visit the ‘incursion shed’ - how the community and partners will keep the islands rat-free.
17:30 Free time, possible options - short walk to Gugh with guide, island pub the ‘Turks Head’
Evening event - Project celebration event with the community
18:30 Return to Island Hall, food and drink
19:00 Welcome and St Agnes School ‘Keep the islands rat-free‘song
19:20 Celebration event, Awards Ceremony
20:20 Closing words for Day 1, thanks to the community
20:30 Walk from Island hall to the quay
20:50 and 21:30 boats back to St Mary’s.
21:50 Back on St Marys (for B&B’s)
End of Day 1
Day Two – Thursday 28th September 2017
Field Trip – Part Two
10:30 Meet at St Marys Church Hall, leave bags.
10:45 Walk on St Mary’s for overview of islands
13.00 Lunch at St Mary’s Church Hall (provided)
Talks – Part 2
14:50 Closing words
15:00 End of conference.
St Agnes community members at 'rat-free' celebration February 2016. Photo Ed Marshall.
First Manx shearwater chick recorded in living memory. Septemeber 2014.
Seabird Heritage Volunteer Coordinators undertake rat montioring training. Photo Nick Tomalin
'Apple Day' with St Agnes school. Photo Lydia Titterton
Storm petrel at nest site
St Agnes school listen for Manx shearwater call-back