The location of the Isles of Scilly on the extreme south-western fringe of the British Isles and warmed by the Gulf Stream provides it with a unique set of environmental conditions. The resulting habitats, including rare flora and fauna, reflect the Islands’ geographical location, their isolation from the mainland, and their geographical substrate.
The natural environment of the Islands includes coastal and agricultural grasslands and heaths, cliff tops and faces, wetlands and small areas of woodland. There are also important habitats in hedgerows and walls, and in road verges.
Economic diversification, sustainable tourism, public access, and conservation grazing are likely to be the major motifs that inform the development of land management policies in Scilly during the next five years.