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Scilly’s Dwindling Gulls Defended As National Backlash Continues

Scilly’s Dwindling Gulls Defended As National Backlash Continues

There’s been a significant decline in the number of herring gulls on the islands. And, at a time when the seabirds are attracting negative media attention, ornithologists in Scilly are asking locals and visitors to change their behaviour to prevent further decline. Since May, Dr Vic Heaney and a team of eight volunteers have surveyed […]

Islanders’ Views On Climate Change Sought By Researcher

Islanders’ Views On Climate Change Sought By Researcher

A visiting university researcher is keen to hear your views on climate change in Scilly, whether you’re a sceptic or not. Joe Benson, who is studying for an MSc at Royal Holloway, London, has already spent two months living and working on St Martin’s. His thesis will look at how the community wants to develop […]

Scilly’s IFCA Launches Pioneering Project To Track Crayfish

Scilly’s IFCA Launches Pioneering Project To Track Crayfish

The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is going to place a buoy in the water between the Western Rocks and St Mary’s to help study the life cycle of crayfish. There’s been extensive work to monitor their movements around the Mediterranean but there’s not much information on how they move in British waters. There are […]

Watch Out For Invasive Harlequin Ladybird

Watch Out For Invasive Harlequin Ladybird

Islanders are being asked to look out for an invasive insect that has been spotted on St Martin’s and could be disastrous for Scilly’s ecosystem. Wildlife expert Bob Dawson spotted a harlequin ladybird at Turfy Hill last week. They’re from Asia and were first found in Britain eleven years ago. There was an influx of […]

Bat Group Meeting Will Encourage Better Wildlife Records

Bat Group Meeting Will Encourage Better Wildlife Records

A meeting of Scilly’s wildlife groups today could help encourage more detailed record-keeping of birds, insects, sea life and plants on the islands. The Bat Group is hosting the day-long event, which will decide what facts are important to note when locals or visitors are reporting wildlife sightings. A range of specialists will offer their […]

Nesting Birds Delay Incinerator Demolition

Nesting Birds Delay Incinerator Demolition

Demolition of the old incinerator at Moorwell won’t start until October because there are birds nesting in the structure. The Council’s recent Transport, Economic Development and Infrastructure meeting was told that the original plan was to clear the site by the end of August, in line with Defra funding. But an ecological assessment has revealed […]

St Mary’s Could Get School Bus

St Mary’s Could Get School Bus

A school bus-style service could be introduced to take St Mary’s pupils to lessons. And it could start from the beginning of the autumn term. The idea was discussed in a meeting of the Carn Gwaval Travel Plan working group last week. That’s the panel of parents, school and Council officials that was set up […]

Unusual Seabird Behaviour In Scilly Caught On Camera

Unusual Seabird Behaviour In Scilly Caught On Camera

Highly unusual bird behaviour has been caught on camera on St Agnes. Volunteers working on the Seabird Recovery Project, the plan to eradicate rats that prey on the birds’ eggs, have been using endoscope cameras to look down burrows for nesting Manx shearwater and storm petrels. Scilly is one of only two breeding sites in […]

Greener Promise For Airport But Only If Funds Are Available

Greener Promise For Airport But Only If Funds Are Available

St Mary’s Airport will be greener, as soon as the Council can find the money. Plans for solar panels have been made public after Council officers, who were outlining sustainable power goals, were questioned over why they don’t appear to be leading by example at the recently redeveloped building. At a Council public meeting at […]