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Annual Erosion Survey Shows ‘Nothing Alarming’ In Scilly

Annual Erosion Survey Shows ‘Nothing Alarming’ In Scilly

A group of marine scientists surveying Scilly’s coastline for signs of erosion are finishing their annual monitoring exercise today on St Agnes and Bryher. The data, which they have been collecting from all of the inhabited islands since Saturday will be analysed back at the Plymouth Coastal Observatory. Group Leader Emerald Siggery says initial indications […]

Rare Fungus Discovered On St Agnes

Rare Fungus Discovered On St Agnes

A rare and unusual fungus has appeared on St Agnes. Wildlife expert Bob Dawson has checked with the Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and Scilly and the red cage fungus was last recorded in Scilly in 2009 and 2011, but hasn’t been seen since. Visitor Andrew Merike discovered the unusual organism at Barnaby Lane. One […]

Agapanthus Disease Unlikely To Threaten Scilly

Agapanthus Disease Unlikely To Threaten Scilly

A disease that’s affecting agapanthus plants on the mainland is unlikely to be a threat here in Scilly. That’s the view of Tresco Abbey Gardens curator Mike Nelhams, following advice issued last week by the Royal Horticultural Society. Although the large blue-flowered plants aren’t native to Scilly, coming originally from South Africa, their abundant growth […]

Council Tight Lipped On Porthmellon Water Measures

Council Tight Lipped On Porthmellon Water Measures

The Council won’t say what measures they’ve installed in their new Porthmellon Innovation Centre to allow the reuse of rainwater. Last November, councillors rejected a request by the project manager to remove a planning condition that stated water harvesting had to be incorporated in the scheme. This was originally planned to be a tank, sunk […]

Scientists Investigate Scilly Beach Erosion

Scientists Investigate Scilly Beach Erosion

A group of scientists from the Plymouth Coastal Observatory will return to Scilly later this month to monitor any changes in our coastline. They’re part of the South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme and provide data for the Environment Agency and the Council. Their information is also made available to conservationists, academics and the general […]

Lobster Release Is Good For Economy And Environment

Lobster Release Is Good For Economy And Environment

The release of a further 2,000 juvenile lobsters into Scilly’s waters is good for our environment and our economy. That’s the view of IFCA Officer Steve Watt, speaking yesterday as the latest batch of baby crustaceans arrived on the islands on board the Scillonian III. They’re supplied by the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow, which […]

No Sign Of Council’s ‘Water Barometer’ Promised For July

No Sign Of Council’s ‘Water Barometer’ Promised For July

There’s still no sign of a new ‘water barometer’ on the Town Hall to remind people about low water levels on St Mary’s and the need to save water. And despite the recent rain, the Council on Tuesday warned that there are still “possible resource issues.” It’s now more than a year since councillors voted […]

Mixed Picture In Latest Scilly Bird Survey

Mixed Picture In Latest Scilly Bird Survey

The latest survey of Scilly’s wild birds has produced a mixed picture, with some species doing well while others have disappeared altogether. It’s the third year that Bob Dawson has collected data for the Breeding Bird Survey, which has been run since 1994 by the British Trust for Ornithology. He takes measurements by walking a […]

Scilly’s Seagrass Beds ‘Back To Normal’ After 2014 Storms

Scilly’s Seagrass Beds ‘Back To Normal’ After 2014 Storms

Scilly’s seagrass beds are “exceptional” and amongst the best in the UK. That’s the view of Dr Jim Bull, a volunteer researcher from Swansea University, who has been coming here every year since 2002 to measure the seabed around the islands. The plant is an important indicator of the health of our marine environment, because […]