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Honey Bee Project To Raise Awareness Of Varroa Mite

Honey Bee Project To Raise Awareness Of Varroa Mite

Beekeepers on our islands may be able to exchange stocks with those on Colonsay in the Hebrides. That’s according to Clare Lewis, who recently visited the remote Scottish island to learn more about how they’re keeping their bee stocks free of the varroa mite, which has devastated honey bee stocks on the mainland. Clare says […]

Scilly Bee Could Be Extinct

Scilly Bee Could Be Extinct

The Scilly bee may have gone the way of the dodo and be extinct. That’s the fear of the IOS Wildlife Trust after another expert has failed to find any of them. On Saturday, entomologist and curator at the Tunbridge Wells Museum, Ian Beavis, led a hunt on St Agnes where Scilly bees have most […]

Bid to Eradicate Rats From St Agnes

Bid to Eradicate Rats From St Agnes

In the past few days, a six-figure bid has been registered with Brussels to fund the rat removal project on St Agnes and Gugh. This EU bid was prepared and sent off by the RSPB’s International Funding Unit. It went together with a unanimous petiton of support signed by the entire adult population of Agnes […]

Government Fishing Quotas Could Raise Prices

Government Fishing Quotas Could Raise Prices

Additional regulation to limit the amount of lobster or crab that islands’ fisherman can catch and which could potentially hike the price of seafood is being put forward by the government. Our MP, Andrew George, has pledged to seek changes in these new proposed restrictions, which will affect boats under 10m in length and could […]

Lobster Release Site May Be Altered

Lobster Release Site May Be Altered

Plans to release over three thousand juvenile lobsters into the waters to the west of Bryher, at Moon Rock, may be altered today because of sea and weather conditions. A team of experts and divers including staff from the National Lobster Hatchery at Padstow are coming over today to triple the total number released off […]

Chance To Track Down Scilly Bee This Week

Chance To Track Down Scilly Bee This Week

You’ll have two chances to track down the unique Scilly bee this week. Starting today at 1pm, there’s a guided tour of Saint Mary’s life with plant and wildlife expert Rosemary Parslow. She will be looking out for the insects and rare flowers on the walk from Holgate’s Green. Rosemary will be trying to spot […]

AONB Conference Delegates To Visit Scilly

AONB Conference Delegates To Visit Scilly

A delegation of conservation and wildlife management professionals will be brought over to the islands on Wednesday, as Scilly plays joint host of the National Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty conference. There are 46 such designated areas in this country and we’re sharing the hosting of this year’s conference with the Tamar AONB. The main […]

Rare Moths Spotted In Scilly

Rare Moths Spotted In Scilly

Just weeks after a rare bat was found in Scilly a type of moth that is very rare in the UK and which has never been found before on our islands has been discovered at  Deep Point. Kris “Spider” Webb came across the unusual specimen sporting orange and white stripes. There have been a few […]

EU Cash Proposal To Rid St Agnes Of Rats

EU Cash Proposal To Rid St Agnes Of Rats

A six-figure bid is about to go in to Brussels to seek funding for a rat removal project on Scilly. The application which has been prepared by the RSPB is designed to aid the survival of the Manx shearwater and storm petrel in the islands, numbers of which have been declining in recent years. The […]