RSPB Offering Guided Tours On Tresco

birdwatchers 2If you can’t tell a herring gull from a heron, but you’d like to learn more about our islands’ birdlife, help is at hand on Tresco from this weekend.

For a fortnight two RSPB staff will be offering free 45-minute long guided wildlife tours every day.

The event has been held for the past 11 years and some visitors make the stroll part of their annual break.

Paul St Pierre is the conservation officer for the ornithology charity. He says September is the perfect time to host the sessions because the migration is at it’s peak and you never know what might turn up.

During the stroll the guides will point out all sorts of birds, whether common, migrating or rare.

A highlight of a previous year was seeing a short-billed Dowitcher, spotted by Will Wagstaff by the Abbey Pool.

And the sightings won’t be confined to birds.

Paul says unusual insects like hummingbird hawk moths are a “stunning” sight that people often mistake for birds. They’re attracted to our islands’ flowers at this time of year.

Paul says you shouldn’t feel intimidated if you have no knowledge of wildlife.

He says the sessions are very relaxed and interactive and cover all experience levels, from the novice to the expert birdwatcher.

Paul says the sessions are a good way to showcase the charity’s work in Scilly.

You can join one of the free walks outside the Tresco Abbey Gardens Visitor Centre. They will be held between 10am and 4pm from this Sunday until Friday 18th September.