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Two Island Businesses Up For Sustainability Awards

Two Island Businesses Up For Sustainability Awards

Two Scilly businesses are being considered for three Cornwall Sustainability Awards. The event is organised to encourage and reward the work businesses undertake to improve their own sustainability. One of the finalists, John Peacock, has been frequently recognised for innovation in his St Agnes Boating business. He’s being considered for the Best Managed Small Business, […]

Maritime Officer Says Killing Seals Is Not Allowed In Scilly

Maritime Officer Says Killing Seals Is Not Allowed In Scilly

Scilly’s Maritime Officer says the suggestion that fishermen in Scilly could lawfully kill seals under special circumstances is incorrect. Steve Watt, who manages the islands’ Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, has spoken out following the controversial shooting of an Atlantic grey seal. It was found dead at Pelistry last week. There’s no evidence to suggest […]

Council Applies For Moorwell Waste Site Planning Permission

Council Applies For Moorwell Waste Site Planning Permission

The Council has applied for planning permission to build a new large storage shed at the Moorwell waste site. It’s the first stage in the government-funded transformation of the dump from use as landfill to a full recycling facility. The 42m (138ft) by 22m (72ft) building, which will be 7m (23ft) tall, is expected to […]

‘Endangered’ Puffin Numbers Holding Up In Scilly

‘Endangered’ Puffin Numbers Holding Up In Scilly

There’s concern for puffin numbers across the UK after the seabird was added to a conservation organisation’s ‘red list.’ But the good news for now is that the situation in Scilly isn’t so severe. Dwindling numbers nationally had led the International Union for Conservation of Nature to warn that puffins were endangered. But the decline […]

Grant Bid To Improve Scilly’s Sea Defences

Grant Bid To Improve Scilly’s Sea Defences

The Council is hoping to secure grant money to strengthen some of the islands’ sea defences. Most of the money will come from a European fund for improving resilience of dunes identified as vulnerable, to safeguard key structures and commercial properties. Under the scheme dunes at Porthmellon would be shored up to defend the industrial […]

Scilly’s Sea Bird Recovery Team In Demand As Consultants

Scilly’s Sea Bird Recovery Team In Demand As Consultants

Managers from the Scilly Seabird Recovery Project have been advising the owners of a group of Hebridean islands over rat eradication. The team has just returned from the privately owned Shints Islands. Next January, St Agnes and Gugh will have been rat-free for two years, following a successful community-backed programme of bating. In Scilly the […]

Council Closes Old Town Recycling Site

Council Closes Old Town Recycling Site

Old Town residents can no longer recycle cans and glass bottles close to home and they’ll have to take them to Telegraph, the Strand or the back of the Town Hall. But the Old Town Inn landlord says the Council could have kept their recycling bins in the pub car park if they had acted […]

RSPB Offering Guided Tours On Tresco

RSPB Offering Guided Tours On Tresco

If 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 […]

Scilly Most Able To Cope With ‘Fuel Shock’ Says Scientist

Scilly Most Able To Cope With ‘Fuel Shock’ Says Scientist

Scilly will be discussed at Europe’s biggest geography conference today. Dr Ian Phillips of the University of Leeds will tell delegates at the Royal Geographical Society event in Exeter that 80% of islanders could get to work without motor vehicles if fuel wasn’t readily available. That’s the highest percentage in the country and compares to […]