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Biosecurity on St Agnes and Gugh
Educational 6 March 2021

Biosecurity on St Agnes and Gugh

Jaclyn Pearson Biosecurity for LIFE Officer, United Kingdom

The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project (LIFE funded 2013- 21017) successfully removed rats in 2013. The project partners (Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, RSPB Duchy of Cornwall, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the residents of St Agnes and Gugh, continue to ensure biosecurity barriers are in place and surveillance is carried out to protect the seabirds. 

Since removing rats, storm petrels have returned to breed on St Agnes and Gugh and Manx shearwater fledged chicks for the first time in living memory (back in 2013) and their population continues to increase (along with the increase of the Scilly shrews too!). 

This video shows how the routine surveillance (monitoring) checks are carried out each month. We cant thank the community enough for their ongoing routine surveillance, continuing to safeguard their special seabirds into the future.

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