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  1. Beneath the Waves
    Lying 28 miles south west of the Cornish coast, the Isles of Scilly have a unique marine ecosystem, fed by the nutrient-rich water of the open Atlantic. The islands and offshore reefs form a dynamic mosaic that is home to wonderful species of fish, invertebrates and marine mammals. These islands are legendary among divers, who visit to experience the dramatic reef walls, or perhaps to connect with the past by visiting shipwrecks.
  2. Scilly Natives
    The Isles of Scilly is home to rare flora and fauna, much of which you’ll be hard pushed to find, let alone see, in other parts of the UK. From the Lesser white-toothed (or Scilly) Shrew and indigenous Scilly bee to rare plant species, including the Least and Lesser adders tongue ferns, Dwarf pansy and Orange birdsfoot – it’s no surprise that the islands draw wildlife professionals, academics and enthusiasts year-round.
  3. Dark Skies
    According to a recent report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the Isles of Scilly is the darkest district in the UK. On a clear night, the sky is full of stars, which fall down to the sea, because there is little, if any ambient light to detract from them. Scilly has 5 Dark Sky Discovery Sites – one on each inhabited island. On St. Martin’s, a new observatory has been built to enable locals and visitors alike to see not just constellations, but deep space - all this from two small white domes behind the island's village hall.
  4. An Island Garden
    Gardens are an inescapable part of the Isles of Scilly. From colourful hedgerows, lovingly cultivated private gardens and the magnificent Tresco Abbey Garden to the wilder, living garden that blankets the islands year round, they all juxtapose and jostle for the attention they undoubtedly deserve!
  5. Tresco Abbey Garden
    Many people will know of the Isles of Scilly because of the world famous sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Garden. Described as a perennial Kew without the glass, it shrugs off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host myriad exotic plants, many of which would stand no chance of survival even on the Cornish mainland less than 30 miles away. Even at the winter solstice, there are more than 300 plants in flower. All in all, the tropical garden is home to more than 20,000 species of plants from 80 countries, r
  6. Seal Snorkelling
    Should you ever have the opportunity to swim with seals in their natural environment, take it! Watching the seals swim gracefully amongst you is a fabulous wildlife experience that will make you feel utterly at one with the ocean. These curious animals will look at you with their puppy-dog eyes and might even try to nibble your fins. Sign up with Scilly Seal Snorkelling for a truly unforgettable, award-winning experience!

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  1. Add Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to your Itinerary

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    Trenoweth, St. Mary's, TR21 0NS

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    01720 422153

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    Isles of Scilly

    The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is the local conservation charity responsible for looking after, & caring for, more than 60% of Scilly; for the benefit of nature & people.

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  2. Add Walk Scilly to your Itinerary

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    Isles of Scilly

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    01720 620600

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    Isles of Scilly

    An eclectic mix of fantastic guided walks that will bring the islands’ history, heritage and fabulous scenery to life. 3rd - 12th April 2019.

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  3. Add St. Agnes Boating Wildlife Safaris to your Itinerary

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    St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly

    Telephone

    01720 422704

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    Boat Trip

    St. Agnes

    St Agnes Boating is working with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to promote the island’s wildlife. Every Wednesday we have a Wildlife Trust Ranger onboard who is our guide. The Spirit travels to Annet, the protected...

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  4. Add Island Wildlife Tours to your Itinerary

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    Will Wagstaff, Sally Port, St Marys, Isle Of Scilly, Isle Of Scilly, TR21 0JE

    Telephone

    01720 422212

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    Walking Tour

    Isles of Scilly

    Discover the natural beauty of the Isles of Scilly with Will Wagstaff, resident ornithologist and naturalist. Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna...

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  5. Add Walk Scilly Long Weekend to your Itinerary

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    Isles of Scilly

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    01720 620600

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    Isles of Scilly

    What better way of enjoying the unique essence of the archipelago than a long weekend of walking the islands with expert guides showing the way?

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  6. Add Scilly Seal Snorkelling to your Itinerary

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    Higher Town, St. Martin's, Isles of Scilly, TR25 0QL

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    01720 422848

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    Diving

    St. Martin’s

    Come to St Martin's for a fabulous, award winning, wildlife experience. Snorkel with the seals and get close to these elegant creatures in their natural environment.  All the equipment you will need is supplied and you...

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