Pupil’s Tea Towels Raise Awareness For Seabird Project

seabird project children teatowelsEvery primary school pupil in Scilly has designed a tea towel to help raise awareness of the St Agnes and Gugh Seabird Recovery project.

That’s the £900,000 scheme to remove an estimated 3,000 brown rats from those islands in order to protect the Manx shearwater and storm petrel, whose eggs and chicks have been preyed upon by the rodents.

The project starts in November and runs through to 2019.

Project manager Jaclyn Pearson, who’s also the RSPB field teacher, says tea towels are a good way to remind families that our seabirds are important and can stimulate discussion when families wash and wipe up.

The youngsters also raised £130 for the project, which is a charity and partnership between the RSPB, Natural England, Duchy, AONB, Wildlife Trust and Bird Group. If the cull is successful the islands should be rat-free for at least 25 years.