For those that aren't aware Scilly is home to a remarkable historic landscape, in which many hundreds of well-preserved prehistoric monuments survive. By far the majority are cairns and chambered tombs of the early Bronze Age.
Yet the beauty of the islands can make sites difficult to manage; with access limited by weather and tides and sites overwhelmed by scrub, bracken, and invasive species like New Zealand Flax which need to be removed.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is working closely with Historic England to raise awareness of many of these features and through supporting of the local Community Archaeology Group volunteers, we are clearing them of vegetation and restoring them as features in the landscape for all to enjoy.
The Trust actively protects and cares for a number of Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM's) and additional sites are being added to our Ranger Team's programme of work each year.
Do remember that we rely on donations to continue our work. If you have searched, found and learned about our archaeology on our website, please Support Us and give what you can; thank you.
Each year Historic England release the Heritage at Risk (HAR) Register; their annual snapshot of the health of England's historic places. But what's that got to do with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust? Quite a bit; and here's why!
Added to our Ranger Team's programme of clearance in November 2020 this prehistoric entrance grave, on Porth Hellick Down, has been cleared of Bracken and Gorse.