During 2013 scientists and colleagues from the Natural History Museum will be visiting the islands on 4 occasions to document aspects of the islands biodiversity.
The first trip of these trips took place at the end of May. During this time, the museum team made the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust’s Woolpack battery building their home. A key part of the scientist’s work was to make collections of specimens for research purposes. The team collected flowering plants, lichens, fish, flies, land and marine molluscs.
Further trips will collect specimens from other taxonomic groups. The team also broadcast via satellite a series of ‘Nature Live’ events and blogged their activities. You can read the team’s activities here.
The local community and tourists were also invited to meet the scientists during a series of walks during their stay – most importantly local children at the Five Islands School were able to meet two of the scientists and participate in a squid dissection!
This project was part funded by the AONB Sustainable Development Fund.