The Isles of Scilly are internationally important for seabirds with 20,000 breeding birds of 14 different species. The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust works with various partners on projects aimed at conserving Scilly's seabirds.

The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project

This project seeks to safeguard the seabird colonies in Scilly and reverse their population decline. The project is run by a partnership of organisations including the RSPB, the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and Natural England. The Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) supports the project.  For further information please visit the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project website.

As a result of the Seabird Recovery Project, in February 2016, St Agnes and Gugh were declared "officially rat-free".  If you think that you have seen a rat on either St Agnes or Gugh please call the project ‘Rat on a rat’ hot-line on 01720 422153. The project team and islanders will then inspect the area and set up surveillance and incursion response measures.

This is a partnership project between RSPB, Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Natural England and Duchy of Cornwall. The project is funded by LIFE, the EU’s programme for financing key environmental schemes across the continent and a £269,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further information and to arrange an interview, please contact:
Tony Whitehead, RSPB Press Officer, 01392 453754, 07872 414365

We need YOUR help to protect our important seabird heritage.

Rat On A Rat

  • Rats are the biggest threat to breeding seabirds on the land. Please report any signs of rats on the uninhabited islands, St Agnes and Gugh, or on your boat. Call 01720 422153.
  • It is only through the active involvement of islanders and visitors alike that Scilly’s seabird heritage will be safeguarded and have a brighter future.