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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. 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.
    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. 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!
    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 Wildlife Mystery Tour to your Itinerary

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    The Library, Porthcressa, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Isles of Scilly

    Come to the Library for a Wildlife Mystery Tour with Ranger Darren, from the IOS Wildlife Trust.

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  2. Add Coastal Walk & Sea-Watching to your Itinerary

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    Porthcressa Beach, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JQ

    Isles of Scilly

    There is so much to see around Scilly's coastline, if you know what you're looking for and take the time to really look!

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  3. Add Rockpool Ramble & BeachCombing to your Itinerary

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    Fraggle Rock, Bryher, Isles of Scilly

    Isles of Scilly

    Ever wondered what the weird critter is attached to the rock, when you've visited the beach?  Now's your chance to find out!

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  4. Add Island Wildlife Tours to your Itinerary

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

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    01720 422212

    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 Coastal Walk & Plastic Pick to your Itinerary

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    Old Town, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly

    Isles of Scilly

    Join our Education Ranger for a guided coastal walk out and around the Old Town area.  Looking for wildlife and Scilly treasures not just on land but at sea too; who knows what characters you might see? 

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