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Scilly To Have Say In National Maritime Incident Strategy

Scilly To Have Say In National Maritime Incident Strategy

Scilly is set to have a significant say in national policy on what to do if there is a maritime pollution incident. Steve Watt, our Maritime Officer, has been asked to represent to all ten of the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities on a body called PREMIAM, which will devise plans for responding to crises. […]

Scilly’s Seagrass Beds To Feature On Television

Scilly’s Seagrass Beds To Feature On Television

Television viewers across the UK will get to see Scilly above and below the water tomorrow. A BBC crew from the Coast programme has followed a team of divers who check the status of seagrass each year. Seagrass is a nursery for commercially important crab and fish species and is an important habitat in its […]

Scilly Bat Group Detects Rare Bat

Scilly Bat Group Detects Rare Bat

A type of bat never recorded in Scilly before has been heard on St Mary’s. Ann Gurr from the Bat Group says their detectors, that receive the high frequency calls of the bats, has picked up a female Brown Long-Eared Bat by the Old Church and traced its roost to pines on the Garrison. In […]

Tresco Rhododendrons Cleared To Avoid Deadly Tree Disease

Tresco Rhododendrons Cleared To Avoid Deadly Tree Disease

Tresco Estate workers have been clearing areas of rhododendron at the north of the island, around Gimbles Porth, to prevent a devastating tree disease from taking effect. Sudden Oak Death was discovered in the U.S in 1995 and has spread to Britain and Mike Nelhams, curator of the Abbey Gardens, says the disease likes to […]

Scilly’s Reefs Included In New Conservation Survey

Scilly’s Reefs Included In New Conservation Survey

A team of divers from Natural England and SeaScape is on our islands for the next nine days recording data on our water-based biodiversity. Scilly is one of 25 to 30 areas being studied. Chris Pirie from Natural England says they’re looking at sub tidal reef communities in our Area of Special Scientific Interest, adding that Scilly has […]

Moorwell Alp “Isn’t Supposed To Be Happening” Says MEP

Moorwell Alp “Isn’t Supposed To Be Happening” Says MEP

One of Scilly’s MEP’s has expressed her surprise at the sight of the mound of rubbish at the Council’s Moorwell Alp. And she has begun her own fact-finding mission into Scilly’s most infamous eyesore. Julie Girling says she understands that things are different on islands but she is also used to the special waste management challenges of Gibraltar, which […]

New Shellfish Limits On Hobby Fishermen Being Proposed

New Shellfish Limits On Hobby Fishermen Being Proposed

The council’s new sea fisheries committee, the IFCA, is proposing restrictions on the amount of shellfish a hobby fisherman may legally land. The regulation is designed to protect islanders who fish for a living so they’re not competing with people selling their crab and lobster on the black market. The plan is to issue permits […]

AONB Funds Scheme To Locate Scilly Bee

AONB Funds Scheme To Locate Scilly Bee

The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is helping fund a Wildlife Trust project to find out where the Scilly bee lives. Our islands’ only native bee is unique and work is underway to pull together official records on where it’s been seen. The name ‘Scilly bee’ was first used by Andrew Cooper, when making a television film […]

Report Warns Climate Change Is Biggest Threat To Scilly

Report Warns Climate Change Is Biggest Threat To Scilly

Councillors have commented on a detailed report on the potential effects of climate change in Scilly. A report in 2007 estimated that the sea level rise could be between 18 and 59cm (7-23in), but this the first comprehensive document drawing together differing predictions and findings. The report warns that sea level rise is the biggest […]