Wildlife Trust To Close Harbour Shop

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will no longer staff its St Mary’s harbour information centre with volunteers.

The Trust say they have plenty of people offering help but they want to concentrate on their activities of habitat clearance and their survey work.

The sale of goods in the waiting room area will also cease on the last day of operation, either Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Jaclyn Pearson from the Trust says information boards about the Trust and the islands’ wildlife will be placed around the room instead.

Jaclyn says they know the range of questions people want answered, such as identifying dolphins or whales they’ve seen from the Scillonian or pictures of local flowers, and that information can be provided on signs and panels.

The service has been well used in the past with up to 100 visitors a day at the height of the season.

The Wildlife Trust is partially funded by membership and Jaclyn doesn’t think they will be adversely affected by the change.

She says there’ll be lots of chance for the public to engage with them. Staff are happy to be stopped while they’re out working around the islands or people can come in and chat at their offices on The Strand.

Jaclyn says they are grateful to everyone who has helped out at the centre over the last eight years.