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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Community power – protecting seabirds on

the Isles of Scilly

Spotlight Talk

by Jaclyn Pearson


TODAY (9 March 2017), 13:00-14:00

House Meeting Room, The Lodge


The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project is the world’s largest community-based rat removal project to date. Brown rats were removed from two islands, St Agnes and Gugh, in 2013. Manx shearwater numbers have since increased and storm petrels have returned to breed on these islands.


The key to the success of the project was the full support of the community. The legacy of the EU LIFE and HLF funded project carries on, with the 84 residents continuing to keep the islands rat-free through biosecurity protocols. Due to the success of this project, there is now strong wider community support for island restoration on other islands across Scilly in the future.


Principal Funders

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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