Isles of Scilly - AONB


Scilly's Heritage and Biodiversity

Isles of Scilly Wildlife TrustLeading local charity that protects 60% of Scilly’s landmass, including the uninhabited Islands and coastline.

Isles of Scilly Bat GroupLocal group, whose aim it is to protect and conserve Scilly’s bat populations and enhance local knowledge.

Isles of Scilly Bird Group -Membership is open to anyone. Their website provides up to date information on the current bird species visiting Scilly and is a great first port of call for any bird enthusiasts wishing to visit Scilly.

Isles of Scilly Museum Located on St Mary’s, the Isles of Scilly Museum provides residents and visitors with information on Scillonian life, both past and present. The Museum is packed with ancient artefacts from the bronze age, right through to more recent shipwrecks.

Scilly Voices This website helps you to search holdings of the Isles of Scilly Museum’s Oral History archive. The archive contains interviews with local people and videos of plays, performances, local events and landscapes.

Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) – Provides a resource and acting as a central database that collects, manages and disseminates information about both the biological and geological state of the county.

Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Service – The Historic Environment Service’s aim is to identify, record, protect, conserve, present and interpret the historic environment and heritage of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Farming, Countryside and Conservation

Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) The UK’s leading independant and dedicated provider of environmental and conservation advice to farmers.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) works to protect local countryside where there is a threat and enhancing it where there is opportunity, for all to enjoy.

National Farmer’s Union (NFU) A nationwide organisation which represents and protects the interests of farmers and growers in all aspects of farming.

Environment and Communities

Isles of Scilly Local Action Group (LAG)Community led partnership, who in association with the Council of the Isles of Scilly, successfully bid for £2.25 million from the Rural Development Programme for England to invest in projects that develop the community, economy and the environment of the Isles of Scilly.

The Conservation Volunteers (TCV)Successful charity with a history of environmental conservation volunteering throughout the UK. Their mission is to create a more sustainable future by inspiring people and improving places.

Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS)aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion tourism, creative and leisure industries.

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) sets policy on supporting local government, communities and neighborhoods in regeneration, housing, planning, building, fire and the environment.

Environmental Agencies

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

Natural England their remit is to conserve and enhance the natural environment, for its intrinsic value, for people’s wellbeing and enjoyment, and for economic prosperity which results. They advise the government and other organisations on a range of environmental issues such as farming, land stewardship, marine and planning.

Environment Agency – their principle aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. They play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government and the Welsh Assembly through their functions and roles.

Historic England – the governments lead body and official adviser for the historic environment in England, they are also responsible for the country’s best historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites.

Marine Environment

Marine Conservation Society (MCS)the UK charity for the protection of the seas, shores and wildlife around the UK.

The Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) one of ten IFCAs around the UK which aim to promote healthy sea, champion sustainable fisheries and boost viable industry.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Implements the government’s maritime safety policy in the UK and works to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) the charity for saving lives at sea, which relies on over 40,000 volunteers.

Seasearch volunteer organisation that conducts dives around the country to survey marine wildlife. Seasearch have been coming to the Isles of Scilly for the last few years, mapping and plotting the state of the marine environment.

Protected Landscapes

The National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) An independent organisation, representing all AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From this website you can find links to all AONBs,information on the AONB designation and the various work of AONBs.

South West Protected Landscape Forum a portal for information on the AONBs and National Parks that constitute the protected areas in the South West region.

Association of National Parks  website with information on the 15 National Parks in the UK. National Parks are part of a family of globally protected landscapes.

Europarc Federation  an environmental NGO representing a network of European protected areas, seeking to conserve Europe’s nature, landscape and people.

Energy and Climate Change

Transition Scilly one of many groups around the UK, made up of community members that aims to help everyone on Scilly in reducing their carbon footprint and increasing Scilly’s resistance to Climate Change.

Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for all aspects of UK energy policy and for tackling global climate change on behalf of the UK.

The Energy Saving Trust a non-profit organisation that provides free and impartial advice on ways to reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

The Carbon Trust a non-for profit company, set up by the UK government with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They provide specialist support to help businesses and the public sector cut carbon emissions , save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies.

10:10for organisations and individuals who wish to sign up to committing to reduce their energy consumption by 10% every year.

The Committee on Climate Changean independent body established under the Climate Change Bill 2008, they advice the government on setting and meeting climate change budgets and on preparing for the impacts of climate change.

The Met Officeprovides a range of information from day to day weather forecasts, to more long term forecasts including extreme weather warnings. The Met Office also advice the UK government  on Climate Change.


The Isles of Scilly Tourist Information Centre  providing a complete guide to travel, accommodation, places to visit, activities and general information on the Isles of Scilly. A great first port of call for anyone wishing to plan a visit to the Islands.

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