We are all looking forward to welcoming birders back to the Isles of Scilly this year. We hope to see some familiar and some new faces. Birding (and twitching) can be, at present, carried out safely on Scilly, but we all need to be sensible and responsible. We want you to keep yourselves, other birders and our special community safe and well.
Looking ahead to the October Scilly Season 2021, there will be some minor changes from last year reflecting updated Government guidance on COVID-19. This statement and all activities below are subject to change at short notice should it be required.
- We were hopeful that we could restart the October Bird Log this October, however with Scilly currently designated an ‘enhanced response area’ (see here), we don’t think it wise to make that decision yet. As things stand, it is sadly unlikely that there will be a Bird Log this October, but we will keep this decision in review. The health and safety of birders and local residents is our priority.
- If you’re a paid-up member, you will receive your copy of the Bird and Natural History Review 2020 in the post direct from Swallowtail Press in September. You can renew your membership or join online or by post.
- Should the Bird Log not take place, you can submit your daily sightings and records to us through our Bird Log WhatsApp group (contact Lucy on 07532 344933 to be added – please note, this is not a bird news channel, but for counts of common species!).
- You can purchase copies of the Bird and Natural History Review 2020 and pin badges at Lyonnesse House, Lower Strand, St. Mary, Isles of Scilly TR21 0PS, between 12:00 – 18:00. Ask for Al!
- The bird hides are back open across the islands; please use responsibly and safely.
We will continue to monitor the national and local health situation and will update this statement accordingly if required. Please be aware that whilst the wearing of masks isn’t compulsory by law, many of the local businesses (including cafes, shops, the tripper boats and taxis) are requesting that customers continue to use masks and respect social distancing guidelines. We hope that our birding community will respect the concerns and safety of local residents and abide by the guidelines that businesses put in place. We are encouraging birders to wear masks in crowds, sanitise your hands regularly and respect social distancing.
Please be kind and courteous to local businesses and support them where possible – staff have worked incredibly hard this year once again under stressful conditions. Let’s help their season to end on a high note!