Land management and grazing
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust manages 60 per cent of the land that makes up Scilly. This includes all the uninhabited islands and most of the coastline. The Islands are home to a wonderful variety of wildlife habitats and maintaining these is a delicate balancing act. Habitats require regular management to conserve them for the benefit of wildlife and to maintain access for people.
Heathland management meeting
In March 2011, The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust invited six land management specialists, ecologists and experienced heathland managers to Scilly. David Mawer our Senior Conservation Warden tells us more.
Land management and grazing frequently asked questions
We often get asked questions about how we manage the land, what techniques we use, why we use them and what the benefits are. The information on this page should help answer these questions, inlcuding those about our grazing work.
Ponies and cattle graze our wildlife sites, find out their current locations and why grazing is beneficial to wildlife.
Brush cutters, a tractor and chainsaw are some of the machines that are used to manage the land when appropriate. We also use local contractors to reduce massive areas of bracken, gorse and brambles. All of the land we manage is open to the public. If you come across a Trust working party please heed the warning signs and let us stop work, so we can let you go past safely.
Volunteering is a great way of gaining experience in countryisde management, learning new skills and getting out and about in the fresh air.
Isles of Scilly Grazing and Access Working Group
The Isles of Scilly Grazing and Access Working Group was formed in May 2010 to address issues raised by petitioners against conservation grazing by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. The group comprises representatives of local organisations and the islands’ community.