The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project has launched its ‘Seabird Ambassadors’ programme.
From 3 to 5 September, island residents and visitors joined forces with a team from RNAS Culdrose 824 squadron. They helped prepare St Agnes and Gugh for the forthcoming brown rat eradication by removing items found on beach cleans.
Removing waste reduces options for food and nesting by brown rats, and helps make the winter operation more effective.
Over thirty people joined in for the beach cleans, and the three days saw a whopping total of over 230 ‘volunteer-hours’, with other volunteers contributing delicious home-made cookies and cakes! Over 100 black bags were filled with waste on the beach cleans alone, which just shows what can be achieved.
The cost of disposal was generously covered by the Council of the Isles of Scilly. Thanks also go to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and Isles of Scilly AONB Partnership for their support.
For more information on how to become a Seabird Ambassador visit www.ios-seabirds.org.uk or contact Bob Dawson, Community Engagement Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07899 682411.