Scilly Seabird Project Is A Community Engagement Role Model

Seabird Recovery Project Team

Seabird Recovery Project Team

The St Agnes-based Seabird Recovery Project Team say they’ll be placing more emphasis on showcasing the project through educational field trips now the initial phase is completed.

It will take a further two years until the islands are officially declared brown rat-free and project members will remain busy placing bait and traps on the uninhabited islands.

Last week 26 students from Exeter University’s Falmouth campus became the first undergraduates to visit as part of their studies.

A younger group on the Council’s holiday playscheme, and teenagers on AONB-arranged day-trips, were also given an overview of the project, designed to boost numbers of breeding Manx shearwater and storm petrel.

And just because some of the visitors were on degree courses doesn’t mean that they were more knowledgeable than our school kids.

Jaclyn says local youngsters have a lot of understanding of the issues facing our seabirds because they engage with the marine environment on a day-to-day basis.

One of the strengths of the project is the way in which the community has been engaged.

Jaclyn says that’s a new approach to conservation and the work on St Agnes is attracting more attention from academics.