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College To Study Benefits Of Our Islands’ Environment

College To Study Benefits Of Our Islands’ Environment

European cash is being used to part fund a three-year research study into how the landscape and environment of our islands is beneficial to our health and how that could be exploited commercially. The Truro-based Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry is working with the University of Exeter to find a student to undertake the […]

Biggest Release Of Juvenile Lobsters Planned For Sea Off Bryher

Biggest Release Of Juvenile Lobsters Planned For Sea Off Bryher

Over three thousand juvenile lobsters will be released into the waters off Bryher on Wednesday as part of a programme to safeguard future stock levels. It’s the largest number brought over to Scilly so far from the Padstow Hatchery – in the first year of the project, in 2010, they let a thousand go. Mainland […]

Trevor Kirk from the AONB

Trevor Kirk from the AONB

Trevor gives an update on recent AONB activities and the visit by officials from Natural England

New Incidents Of Damage Reported To Wildlife Trust Property

New Incidents Of Damage Reported To Wildlife Trust Property

St Mary’s police are investigating fresh cases of criminal damage against Wildlife Trust property. These new incidents, which started over the bank holiday weekend, include damage to fences on Peninnis Head and the Garrison, in both cases leading to the animals escaping. And there were two incidents of damage to the fences on Peninnis again […]

Natural England Officials Tour Islands

Natural England Officials Tour Islands

Two Senior officials from Natural England, the Government agency that works closely with the the Isles Of Scilly Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have toured the islands and heard about conservation issues here. Jim Smiley and James Marsden, the Marine Director, were accompanied by Philip Hygate and AONB Officer, Trevor Kirk, to St Martin’s to […]

Kite Surfing Around Samson Could Be Banned

Kite Surfing Around Samson Could Be Banned

Kite surfing around Samson Flats could be banned to protect local wildlife. That’s the proposal being made by the Marine Management Organisation, part of the new Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, or IFCA. The group was set to recommend controlling personal water craft to protect marine life. Fisheries Officer, Steve Watt, says that ornithologists are concerned […]

Council Waste Chief Cannot Give Firm Date For Disposal Of Moorwell Backlog

Council Waste Chief Cannot Give Firm Date For Disposal Of Moorwell Backlog

The Moorwell Alp is coming down slowly but the Council’s Chief Technical Officer can’t give a firm date on when the mound of waste will be levelled. Neville Gardner gave councillors an update on plans to reduce the backlog of waste at the Moorwell site on St Mary’s and also problems with waste management on […]

Councillors Approve Reservoir Solar Panels Plan

Councillors Approve Reservoir Solar Panels Plan

Councillors have approved a plan to put solar panels on top of the Telegraph reservoir but it will still be up to the planning committee to give it the final go-ahead. Head of Technical Services, Neville Gardner, said he hoped they wouldn’t be controversial as they will be invisible from the road. It’s thought that […]

We Won’t Kill Seals Says Scillies’ Fishermen

We Won’t Kill Seals Says Scillies’ Fishermen

Fishermen in our islands have voluntarily agreed to stop deliberately shooting the grey seal, a protected species. Fishermen are legally allowed to kill the marine mammals if their fishing catch or equipment has been damaged. It’s called the Netsman Clause of the 2007 Protection of Seals Act. That’s concerned wildlife and conservation groups operating here. […]