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The Seabird Recovery Project 2014 - A Brief Look Back

Posted: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 by The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

Thrift on AnnetThrift on Annet. Ed Marshall

Our volunteer Media Officer Ed Marshall offers his view of the work he has carried out with the Seabird Recovery Project during his time on the islands.

I’ve been involved with the Seabird Recovery Project now for a total of 5 months, and I have to admit, it’s been the most amazing and memorable 5 months of my life! I have been fortunate enough to spend my time on the Isles of Scilly volunteering as Media Officer and natural history photographer for both the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and the Seabird Recovery Project. Working with Jaclyn and the team here has been a fantastic experience, getting out to locations that would otherwise be inaccessible, and experiencing the conservation work first hand has been a pleasure to document. With it nearing the end of the year, I thought I would offer a quick look back to the time I’ve spent with the project, and thinking ahead to what may come.


Trying to pick out my highlights from my time here is proving difficult. Should it be my trip to the uninhabited island of Annet? Hearing manx shearwaters calling from their burrows? Seeing them feeding out at sea? Snorkeling with seals? Or even sharing my living space with the famous Scilly shrew? I could quite happily go on, but I think it should suffice to say that I have a plethora of wildlife moments that will be remembered for many years to come. I feel very honoured to simply be a part of the work that has occurred on the islands this year, and with the amazing news of the shearwaters breeding success this year, I can guarantee I will be around next year to capture the fantastic moments on camera.


This manx shearwater offered great views of it feeding as it flew close to the Sapphire on one of their pelagic shark tagging trips.


Seal Snorkeling for the first time will always stand out in my memory, but that’s not to say I won’t be doing it again!


As for 2015, well, it promises to be another huge year. Keeping up the rat-free status of St Agnes and Gugh, starting the big seabird census with Dr Vickie Heaney as well as monitoring a number of other species (including but not limited to the lovely Scilly shrew), and I’ll generally be taking plenty of photos right from the front-line of this conservation project. Personally, I can’t wait.


Our resident Scilly Shrew, always great to see as he/she scurries their way around the edge of the living room.

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