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 saw 105 Manx Shearwaters returning from their long migration. Also seen were 1 Great  Skua, 3 Puffins, 238 Gannets, 57 Guillemots, 1 Razorbill, 27 Kittiwakes, 20 LBB Gulls, 3 Fulmar. 2 Common Dolphins showed briefly. From Wolf to St Mary's we saw another 11 Manx Shearwaters, most when nearing the islands. Also 10 Puffins, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbills, 32 Guillemots, 32 Gannets, 5 GBB Gulls, 1 Fulmar, 4 Kittiwakes. 122 LBB Gulls streamed out of the Sound after something we could only guess.


St Mary's to Wolf: 2 Great Northern Divers, 100+ LBB Gulls, and low numbers of Guillemots, Gannets, Fulmar and Kittiwakes. 3 Common Dolphins and 1 Harbour Porpoise showed briefly. 2 Atlantic Grey Seals were close to the St Mary's shoreline.

From Wolf the light was failing until darkness when we docked at Penzance. Seen however were 6 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Puffin, 3 Common Scoter, 88 Gannets, 19 Guillemots, 16 Auk Species, 4 LBB Gulls, 8 Kittiwakes, 7 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter, 100+ Herring Gull. 

6 Common Dolphins, 3 Harbour Porpoise showed briefly.


Brian Craven and Vivian Stratton.

RSPB Wildlife Volunteers Guide.

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Project Partners

  • RSPB
In addition to generous support from LIFE, the EU’s program 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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