Wildlife Tours

Discover the beautiful Isles of Scilly with resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff. Watch the passage of migrant birds; learn about the interesting local history and beautiful flora and fauna as you walk the coasts and trails.

Will visits each of the inhabited islands weather and tides permitting. The walking is at a relaxed pace along the Will Wagstaffcoastal paths and inland trails, stopping at the local pubs and cafes for lunch and afternoon tea. (The cost of this is not included.) The itinerary varies from week to week but tours usually leave from either St. Mary’s quay or the Porthcressa Bank every week day morning at 9:45, between March and October. For a full day guided walk the charge is just £10.00. For Off-Island tours the boat fare needs to be added (currently £7.60). Half-day tours are available at £5.00 per head. (Please call for group rates.) The St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association is used for all the Off Island Excursions; boat tickets are available from Will on the quay on the day of the tour.

There is no need to book in advance unless the reservation is for parties of 8 or more. Just meet on the quay to the left of the Association ticket kiosk where you will see the Island Wildlife Tours board advertising details of that day’s tour. For daily itinerary see the board on the quay, Saturday’s Slideshow or telephone 01720 422212.


Saturday Evenings at the Church Hall, St. Mary’s. (Next to the Museum.)
Take an illustrated walk with Will. Learn more about the natural history of Scilly through the colourful, regularly updated photographs and entertaining commentary.

Two collections:~

Week 1: Scilly through the Year
Week 2: Around the Islands
Doors open at 7:45pm
Commences at 8:15pm
Admission: Adults £4.00, Child £1


Will came to settle in Scilly in 1981 after many years of holidaying here. He first started leading guided wildlife walks on Scilly in 1985. Since then Will has led tours to many parts of the world including; Antarctica, The Galapagos Islands, the Seychelles and most regularly the Falkland Islands.

Will now delights in sharing his love and knowledge of Scilly’s natural history with hundreds of visitors each year.

W. H Wagstaff
42 Sally Port
St. Mary’s
Isles of Scilly
TR21 0JE
Tel. 01720 422212
will@islandwildlifetours.co.uk http://www.islandwildlifetours.co.uk

6 thoughts on “Wildlife Tours

  1. Steve Hipperson

    Sounds really good; we are thinking of visiting the first week of April; is there likely to be much happening with birds or is it a bit early?

  2. admin Post author

    Hi Steve, first week in April can be great. Early migrants and summer visitors should be well on there way back and theres a chance of a few winter visitors lingering. Early scarcities have in the past included Garganey, Night Heron, Osprey, Ring Ouzel and Hoopoe and summer migrants should be back to, like, Willow Warblers, Wheatear, Chiffchaff etc. You never know what to expect either, rarities at this time of year can also turn up, the Great Blue Heron in 2015 was an early April surprise!

  3. Steve Hipperson

    Thanks for that, we look forward to seeing you in April

    Kind regards

    Steve and Mary Hipperson

  4. Di Maslin

    We’re on St Marys for the week 29 April to 5 May. Will you be leading tours at that time around the islands?

  5. Nirosh Perera

    Planning to come over for the Easter weekend. Are there guided tours during those days, as well as boat excursions? Thanks!

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