Wildlife Trust land holding
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust cares for approximately 60% of the landmass of Scilly and includes all of the uninhabited islands.
Our land is leased from the Duchy of Cornwall and extends to Lowest Astronomical Tide. The map below shows Trust leased land outlined in green and non-trust leased land in orange. In total this adds up to approximately 1958 ha.
The main terrestial habitats are: heathland, maritime cliff and fixed sand dunes and grassland. Wetlands with reedbeds and rush pasture also have areas of willow carr and ditches. Many of the walls or stone 'hedges' as they are known locally have a flora and fauna of their own.
The maritime habitat includes intertidal boulders, subtidal rock communities, marine sands and gravels, seagrass beds and tide swept channels.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has a number of designations and we manage 24 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Each one is important and requires efforts from everyone to keep these sites protected and some of our sites are also designated as an Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and RAMSAR reflecting the importance these areas for wildlife on an international level. The whole of the Isles of Scilly is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.