Scilly’s Wildlife Trust Looking For New Funding

Wildlife Trust offices at Trenoweth

Wildlife Trust offices at Trenoweth

Scilly’s Wildlife Trust says it needs to find new income streams if it is going to survive beyond its current grants.

And that could include providing a combined wildlife, heritage and tourist information centre for the islands.

Writing in the new ‘yearbook’, which gives an overview of the Trust’s activities in 2014, Chief Executive Sarah Mason says the organisation gets its income from just a few sources at the moment.

That means they’re going to start looking for new funding streams, including more money from their existing members.

The Trust is also investigating a ‘Friends of the Isles of Scilly’ scheme to generate more cash.

Their accounts showed funding increased last year by over £100,000 to £356,000.

The bulk of that, around £210,000, was from Defra’s Environmental Stewardship scheme, which pays the Trust for its land management activities in Scilly.

And last year the Council also outsourced its AONB work to them, bringing in a further £62,000.

Income from membership fees more than doubled to £13,500.

But outgoings including staff costs and restructuring also increased, leaving a year-end surplus of £46,000.

The Trust says last year they continued their land management work across the islands, including the controversial grazing policy, which the organisation says is necessary to protect habitats and species.

They’ve introduced a new survey programme to make sure it’s having the desired effect on the wildlife.

The organisation also introduced a new communications plan to raise their profile and they report that they now have almost 6,000 followers on Twitter, the largest number of any organisation on the islands.

Next month the Trust will take on six full-time sandwich students undertaking Countryside Management degrees at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.

17 Responses to Scilly’s Wildlife Trust Looking For New Funding

  1. Adam Morton, St.Martins August 19, 2015 at 11:06 am

    IMO this has nothing to do with land management or conservation. Its just about creating management positions and providing underlings. Most of the cutting work done on this island has been let go for the last two years. Like everything else its designed to keep all the money on St.Marys!

  2. An Endolithic Lichen August 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Take objection by all means dear human, but in my humble rock dwelling opinion your words present an anthropocentric understanding of what is natural and fail to recognise how vital the work of the IOSWT is to conserving my habitat (among many others) within the landscape that your fellows consume in so many aspects.

    • Ewart August 19, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      To an Endolithic Lichen, you have an extremely erudite human helping you in your replies, you would be well advised to look after him/her, there not too many with his/hers
      ability to write.

      • Ewart Less August 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        The hole is deep enough!

  3. Colin Bean August 18, 2015 at 7:41 pm


    I’ll eat oats in preference to ferns any day!

    Get a life (or go to Glastonbury and buy some scented candles).

  4. An Endolithic Lichen August 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Nature or natural is by one definition, in opposition to civilisation and can be considered a human construct (linguistically). The concept of leaving it (nature) to its own devices would probably see some species thrive and others fade away as the conditions which favoured their environmental well being ebbed and flowed through time. Conceptually your primitive understanding of what is environmentally right or wrong lies at the heart of the dilemma the human species faces in the coming years. Do you intervene or do you carry on regardless? What is good for the planet? Is it good for humans? Only time will tell.

    • Ewart August 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      I have no particular view on what is correct or not correct from the environmental perspective. I am aware having lived on this planet for seventy plus years, that if you try to change natures way of protecting it’s self, you upset nature it’s self.
      Some time nature is best left to look after it’s own salvation.
      Man does not have the exclusive right to know what is best for nature.
      I do take objection to your suggestion that I have a primitive understanding of what is environmentally right or wrong, is your understanding any better than mine??

      • Ewart Less August 19, 2015 at 12:03 am

        Dear Ewart,
        I suspect your question is one that you would be wise not to put to the test of public opinion.

  5. Colin Bean August 18, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Ewart… do you think the green fields of England look so beautiful? It’s due to land management! Just look at some of the many private gardens around Scilly that homeowners/tenants can’t be bothered to look after and you’ll see the problem.

    • Ewart August 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      I think you are referring to cultivation, not so called conservation

  6. Colin Bean August 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    The WT has done a fantastic job in clearing gorse and fern, making walking and taking in the views a much better experience over here. They’ve done this in spite of bloody-minded vandalism and short-sightedness by a few dissenters. I enjoy seeing the small herds of cattle and ponies munching their way through unwanted undergrowth.
    The wild flowers and heathers that have grown as a result, and the insects these have encouraged to flourish, are a beautiful sight, and we should, as a community thank these people for a job well done.

  7. Ewart August 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    The Islands have survived for hundreds if not thousands of years without. a wild life trust, just let them wither on the vine.

    • Ewart Less August 15, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Perhaps its progress Ewart in the same way that shouting very loudly was superseded by Alexander Graham Bell with the invention of the telephone.
      The Wildlife Trust have upped their game, give a little credit where its due after all their reorganisation has brought about some modest improvement rather than incredible overspends and eye watering price hikes!

      • Ewart August 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm

        Ewart Less, I am not talking about man made inventions, but nature, left alone it
        can survive without the intervention of man, who in many cases causes more harm than good.

        • Ewart Less August 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm

          Ewart you are in some respects correct in your assertion about the intervention of mankind, we have built all over the Islands planted conifer belts introduced monoculture, used nitrogen rich fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, dug them up, drilled them, put down roads etc etc. I don’t contend that all this was wrong but equally the Trust are looking to limit the impact that we all have those areas that haven’t been exploited or that need the opportunity to recover from our previous exploitation.
          I wouldn’t claim to have been a fan of the WT in the past, too much gadding about on a quad bike to no discernable purpose, however they have upped their game.

  8. Ray Wornes August 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    If part of the old Sec School was run as a hostel with access to classroom, conference and laboratory facilities the Wildlife Trust could run regular Wildlife management courses all year round. These could include a wide range of subjects structured around the many natural assets the brilliant Scilly environment offers for practical areas of study. Local students could benefit from this type of project.

    • Jonathan Porridge August 16, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Yes and a telescope could be set up on the roof and star gazers and those watching out for the imminent arrival of little green men could pay for the opportunity. Or why not set up a circus school in the main hall I am sure that would attract some custom to the Islands.
      What on earth did you do for a living when you lived in the real world?