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Scilly’s Crawfish Stocks On Verge Of ‘Catastrophic Collapse’

Scilly’s Crawfish Stocks On Verge Of ‘Catastrophic Collapse’

Stocks of crawfish in the waters around Scilly are on the verge of “a catastrophic collapse.” That was the dire warning issued by officer Doug Holt at the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority meeting yesterday. But a new byelaw designed to protect the crustacea, also known as spiny lobsters, has been delayed until at least […]

Scilly Has Healthiest Seagrass Beds In The Country

Scilly Has Healthiest Seagrass Beds In The Country

Important seagrass beds in Scilly are thriving, despite the ‘perilous’ state of similar habitats in the rest of the UK. That’s according to a scientific paper published this week by Welsh scientists, Benjamin Jones and Richard Unsworth in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal. It’s the first study to compare eleven sites around the British […]

Final Checks Made Before Islands Can Be Declared ‘Rat Free’

Final Checks Made Before Islands Can Be Declared ‘Rat Free’

A former Bryher resident has returned to Scilly from New Zealand to help assess whether St Agnes and Gugh can be officially declared ‘rat-free.’ Jo Greenman has travelled to the islands along with her husband Ian and Biz Bell, of New Zealand-based Wildlife Management International. Jo attended school on St Mary’s and says that Scilly, […]

St Agnes Boating Highly Commended In Awards

St Agnes Boating Highly Commended In Awards

St Agnes Boating’s boss is celebrating his success in the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. John Peacock was highly commended in the Best Contribution in the Marine Sector category during the event at Newquay’s Headland Hotel on Friday. John has partnered with mainland software developers to create a system that sends passenger reports to the Maritime and […]

Is St Martin’s Frogspawn The Earliest In UK?

Is St Martin’s Frogspawn The Earliest In UK?

A St Martin’s man reckons he’s found the first frogspawn of the new season in the entire country, here in Scilly. Toby Tobin Dougan has up to thirty frogs living in the pond at the bottom of his garden. The spawn usually appears at the end of November and he was concerned that it had […]

St Agnes Children Thanked For Keeping An Eye On Rats

St Agnes Children Thanked For Keeping An Eye On Rats

It’s just over two years since the project to remove all rats from St Agnes and Gugh began. And although there have been no signs of the rodents since early in 2014, schoolchildren there are continuing to carry out the biosecurity checks needed to make sure the islands stay rat free. They’ve been checking every […]

Scilly’s Recycling Rate Is The Worst In The Country

Scilly’s Recycling Rate Is The Worst In The Country

Scilly’s household recycling rate fell last year and is now the worst in England. The latest figures released by Defra show the Council reused just 14% of the waste produced on the islands in 2014/15. That’s down from 19.5% in the previous year. It means we’re now bottom of the table, after rising to third […]

Authority Should Fight For AONB Funding Says Councillor

Authority Should Fight For AONB Funding Says Councillor

The Council should “put up a struggle” against further cuts to AONB funding. That’s the view of Bryher councillor Marian Bennett, who said not fighting for the organisation would “deny credit to the volunteers” who had worked hard for the islands and environmental issues over the years. It followed a report at last week’s Planning […]

Council Responds To Concerns Over Innovation Centre Lights

Council Responds To Concerns Over Innovation Centre Lights

The Council says leaving lights on all night and every night at their new Porthmellon Innovation Centre isn’t using much electricity. They’ve responded after one islander complained that the former wholesaler building is, “lit up like a Christmas tree” and creating unnecessary light pollution. Mark Prebble, who has a business on the Industrial Estate, has […]