Wildlife Trust Mark Marine Awareness Week

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has marked National Marine Week with an awareness day at the Church Pavilion.

Richard Bufton of the RSPB spoke on the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment, or FAME, project, which aims to locate areas rich in sea and bird life, particularly those that are dense in the food required by the birds, and then suggest ways in which to protect them.

The project has seen the largest seabird tracking study ever undertaken – 61 birds have been tagged and followed here in Scilly.

The study has shown that shags stay within the islands, close to the land, while kittiwakes go further and like the north of the islands, flying up to 30 or 40 miles out. And the one fulmar they’ve followed went 100 miles south of Scilly – that’s considered a long way.

From Radio Scilly

Hear Richard Bufton talking about the RSPB bird tagging project

Some birdwatchers who have been coming to Scilly in the autumn for years say climate change and different weather patterns have affected the number of rarities we see here.

Richard says global warming is a worry for bird life but our area isn’t being affected as adversely as some areas of the UK, although they’ve found that kittiwake colonies on St Martin’s have been devastated by predators.