Plans to help Storm Petrel following successful breeding

Nest boxes, games, and “chick check” walks are all doing their bit to help Storm Petrels in the Isles of Scilly. Storm Petrels are extremely rare in England, and last year was the first in living memory in which the species has bred on the islands of St Agnes and Gugh.

The successful breeding season followed the eradication of rats from the islands thanks to the help of an EU grant. To help increase numbers next year volunteers from the Scilly Sea Bird Recovery Project have been placing Storm Petrel nest boxes on the boulder beaches of St Agnes.

The project team held 'Storm Petrel games' at summer fetes to raise awareness and money, coming away with more than £300 to help the project and the team have also held a series of 'chick check' walks to record where various seabirds are fledging.