Volunteers Sought For Scilly’s Seabird Recovery Project

Gugh

Gugh

Islanders and visitors are being offered the chance to volunteer with the Seabird Recovery Project, with a session tomorrow.

The initiative is designed to wipe out rats on St Agnes and Gugh, which will protect the rare storm petrel and Manx shearwater, because the rodents feed on their eggs.

On Friday there’s an open afternoon at St Mary’s Library where you’ll be able to view display boards outlining the 25-year, £900,000 rat eradication scheme.

Expert ornithologist Bob Dawson who works with the RSPB-backed project says anyone who wants to help out should call in and chat with him between 2pm and 4pm.

Bob says you don’t necessarily need wildlife or environmental experience, but people with IT skills, like using websites and spreadsheets, are needed.

Bob says visitors appreciate the work to protect the rare birds and have come to talk to them while they’ve been carrying out their surveys on Gugh.

They’ve been surprised when he’s told them they’re walking only feet away from the burrows of some of the rarest seabirds in Britain.