Wildlife Organisations Produce Single Activities Leaflet

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The different wildlife agencies on the islands have come together to produce a single leaflet listing the activities being run here over the summer.

Julie Love from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust says there was a lot of confusion and people don’t understand what the different organisations, like the Trust, AONB, Seabird Recovery Project and Bat Group actually do.

It seemed like a good idea to put all the information together, says Julie, especially as the organisations work so closely with each other.

The new leaflet gives details on all the upcoming activities including beach cleans, seashore safaris, bee, bug and bat walks.

There’s also information on the programme of events being arranged by the Natural History Museum, when they return to the islands in August and September, as well as a visit by entomologist Ian Beavis.

Julie says many of our visitors come here for the natural environment and this is a great opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of Scilly.

But local people are also very welcome, she says and it’s a chance to slow down and take a more detailed look at what’s around us, guided by an expert.

Julie says Scilly is one of the best places in the world for wildlife. A recent visiting expert in lichens from the Natural History Museum said there were more interesting specimens in Holy Vale than in Borneo!

We also have one of the rarest species in the UK, says Julie, the red-barbed ant, which is found on St Martin’s.

The first seashore safari of the season is taking place today at 2.15pm, meeting on Porthcressa beach.

There will be more held over the summer including an all-day event on Bryher on Aug 9th to coincide with the National Wildlife Trust Marine Week.

You can pick up a copy of the leaflet at the TIC.