On Wednesday 6th July, 24 conference delegates embarked to the Isles of Scilly for the 2011 National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) National Conference Field Trips. Held on St Mary’s and St Agnes, the field trips allowed our visitors to experience the challenges and opportunities of landscape management in the Isles of Scilly.
The field trips specifically focused on community, voluntary and educational work in integrated landscape management, whether that be flower farming, the production of local food, livestock, biodiversity or hertiage management.
Delegates were welcomed to Scilly with a presentation delivered by the Five Islands School ‘Green Team’ on their plastic recycling project.
Local food was on offer for lunch, which included Scillonian Crab and Smoked Mackerel.
On the return via the Scillonian III, delegates recieved a Wildlife talk from Cornwall Wildlife Trust staff. The delegates were lucky enough to see an excellent selection of seabirds, including Skuas and Shearwaters. The highlight for most was a sighting of Cory’s Shearwater, arriving here only occassionally from the Mediterranean.
The AONB Unit would like to thank all those involved in making the field trips to the Isles of Scilly such a success.
A key message to bring back to Scilly from Conference 2011 is that Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are vibrant, dynamic, functioning landscapes that help underpin the economy and the health and well-being of society. AONBs are locally managed, nationally important, and deal with global issues.