The United Kingdom names Isles of Scilly to Ramsar List

The United Kingdom names Isles of Scilly to Ramsar List

5 October 2001
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Crown dependencies)

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EThe Bureau is delighted to announce that the United Kingdom has designated the Isles of Scilly (402 hectares, 49°58’N 006°21’W) as its 163rd Ramsar site, effective 13 August 2001, and as an SSSI and EC Special Protection Area as well. The site is within the Isles of Scilly archipelago 45km southwest of Land’s End, England, and mainly consists of many small uninhabited islands and parts of some inhabited islands, with habitats including coastal cliffs, boulder beaches, heathland, and some dune grassland. The economy of local communities depends heavily upon tourism, which benefits from the presence of high numbers of breeding seabirds in an attractive environment. The site qualifies for the List by virtue of Criterion 6, for during the breeding season some 2.9% of the population of Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) is supported. The sea cliffs, rocky islets, and boulder beaches are relatively devoid of plant communities except for a sparse crevice vegetation with Crithmum maritimum and Armeria maritima. An environmental trust manages most of the land within the site and controls access of visitors to the most vulnerable areas by voluntary agreement with tour boat operators; it also maintains a rat control programme to reduce their impact on ground-nesting seabirds. This is the Convention's 1094th site and is listed as site no. 1095. [19/09/01]