The Isles of Scilly is an important location with regards to environmental conservation interests. Here you can learn about some of these designations that make Scilly such an important place for both wildlife and people.

Special Area of Conservation

The coastal environments that opitomize the islands provide some very important habitats such as sandflats and reef. This, together with certain species such as the increasingly rare shore dock, and the charismatic Atlantic grey seal, contribute to this areas designation as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). 

You can read the SAC assessment details here




The Isles of Scilly are designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as a wetland of international importance. The islands have been awarded this designation for a number of reasons, based primarily upon the species that occur here. Our breeding populations of European storm petrel and lesser black-backed gulls, as well as the population of the plant shore dock, are of international importance. Furthermore, populations of great black-backed gulls, as well as the plants orange birds foot, the field pansy, and our coastal heathlands, are of national importance.


You can find out more information about Ramsar sites here.