Take a walk to Scilly’s wildlife

Posted on Apr 7th 2015
Darren Hart IOS wildlife trust ranger

Darren Hart, Ranger at the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

At 2pm on Wednesday 15th April, a special walk will be taking place on St. Mary’s taking in the sights and sounds of wildlife often unseen anywhere else in England. It’s one of 25 walks taking place at this year’s Walk Scilly Festival - and you could be there too.

The “St. Mary’s Overhead & Underfoot” walk will be hosted by local zoologist and leading ranger at the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Darren Hart. He is passionate about the islands’ extraordinary wildlife and equally passionate about the work of the Trust. 

The adventure starts at Holy Vale Winery from where the walk will head through Holy Vale to Higher Moors out to Porth Hellick.  “At this time of year, trees are just coming into bud and we’ll pay particular attention to the amazing Elm trees found here, once planted as a hedge line but which is now magnificently out grown,” says Darren.

“We should also be able to identify lots of different species of singing birds as they start to look for nesting materials and protect their breeding territories. Scilly is fortunate to have many resident breeding birds. The song thrush, for example, thrives here as does the beautiful heathland-based stone chat. Nearer the coast as we reach Porth Hellick,” he continues, “we could spot one of the four species of gulls that prosper on the islands, including the great black-backed gull, the biggest gull in the world.  Along the way, we’ll be keeping a close watch too at what’s beneath our feet. You never can tell what discoveries you might make!”

As the walk progresses towards Pelistry, there’s every chance for walkers to be enthralled by graceful gannets feeding out to sea and playful Atlantic grey seals which can often be seen popping their heads up in the shallows to say hello! It’s not guaranteed, of course, but did you know that Scilly boasts very high numbers of seals in its coastal waters compared with anywhere else in the UK? Islanders tend to take spotting them for granted but for visitors to Scilly, they’re a fascinating addition to their overall holiday experience!

If you’re tempted to join Darren on his three-hour wildlife discovery, call to book your tickets on 01720 424036 or email events@visitislesofscilly.com  For further information about the Walk Scilly festival including travel and accommodation promotions, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly 

For more information about the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust head to: www.ios-wildlifetrust.org.uk


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