Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

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Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
Formation 1985
Type Registered Charity
Headquarters Trenoweth (near Telegraph)
  • St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Chief Executive
Sarah Mason
Website Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, formed in 1985, is a wildlife trust covering the Isles of Scilly, a group of islands off the coast of Cornwall, UK.[1] It became the 46th member of The Wildlife Trusts in 2001 and is dedicated to ensuring that the archaeological and historical remains on the islands, as well as the flora and fauna, are protected and maintained.[2] The Trust leases all of the uninhabited islands, islets and rocks and much of the untenanted land on the inhabited islands from the Duchy of Cornwall for a rent of one daffodil per year.[3] The trust previously worked in conjunction with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and jointly produced a thrice yearly magazine called Wild Cornwall & Wild Scilly which ended in the Summer, 2014 edition. Members are now sent an e-newsletter.[4]

Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project[edit]

In 2013 the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project was set up by a number of organisations including the RSPB and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. The five-year project aims to keep the islands of St Agnes and Gugh brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) free, to help breeding sea birds, which lost 25% of their populations between 1983 and 2006. The rats eat eggs and kill the chicks of those birds that nest in burrows or on the ground. Rat removal began in October 2013 by a team of thirty volunteers led by Wildlife Management International Limited (WMIL) of New Zealand, and there has been no signs of rats on St Agnes and Gugh since December 2013. WMIL will return to the islands to do a final check for rats in 2016.[5]

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  1. ^ Gurr, Mike (2008). "A History of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust: 1985-2006" (PDF). Wild Cornwall and Wild Scilly (107): 32. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "History". The Wildlife Trusts. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Duchy of Cornwall website
  4. ^ Mason, Sarah (2014). "To all our members" (PDF). Wild Cornwall and Wild Scilly (124): 37. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Pearson, Jaclyn (Summer 2014). "Seabird survival" (PDF). Wild Scilly. In Wild Cornwall (Truro: Cornwall Wildlife Trust) (124): 35. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

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