Vickie Heaney ~ Seabird Ecologist

Vickie Heaney ~ Seabird EcologistVickie Heaney ~ Seabird Ecologist

Vickie Heaney joined the team in April 2018 as Seabird Ecologist to study the islands internationally important seabirds.

After completing a Zoology degree at Oxford University, Vickie went on to study for a PhD on seabirds at the University of Glasgow. Since then she has completed a series of ornithological research contracts taking her from the Outer Hebrides, to Pemba Island off Tanzania and Australia via Hawaii and guiding in Antarctica. 

Following a stint as a researcher at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, she moved to the Isles of Scilly full-time in 2004 and has coordinated the counts of the all the seabirds breeding in Scilly in 2000, 2006 and most recently in 2015.

Vickie will be recording numbers and productivity this summer for various seabird species including terns, kittiwakes and gulls. She will also be monitoring the continued fortunes of the Manx shearwaters and storm petrels on St. Agnes and Gugh following the successful Seabird Recovery Project to remove rats there.

When not counting birds, Vickie produces linocut prints of them in her small studio by the sea on St. Mary’s