This year's Walk Scilly Weekend is in full swing and will see walking enthusiasts explore the Isles of Scilly over the long weekend.
Walk Scilly Weekend 2017 features 19 walks over the weekend with expert guides on hand to take you through all 5 inhabited islands and beyond!
There’s the chance to turn bat detective on an evening walk using your very own bat detector kit, roam rock pools for Scilly’s coastal creatures, spot birds, bees and butterflies, tour island farms and watch the sun sink below the Atlantic horizon on a circular sunset stroll.
Highlights of the long weekend include discovering the delights of autumn foraging on St. Martin’s and St. Agnes with award-winning forager and wild food author Rachel Lambert.
You can join the local COSMOS group for a dark skies walk on St. Martin’s, the perfect place to gaze up into unpolluted darkness and marvel at the Milky Way, planets and stars in all their splendour.
Let resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff take you in search of exotic birds and wildlife on Tresco.
Or explore the uninhabited island of Teän, taking in sites from Bronze Age burial chambers and an early medieval chapel and cemetery to houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, with archaeologist Dr. Katharine Sawyer.
And when you need to take the weight off your feet, step onboard MV Sapphire with skipper and wildlife photographer Joe Pender and birder and environment academic Dr. Rob Lambert (plus Bella the boat dog) for a marine meander around the Western Rocks in search of seabirds, wading birds, sea ducks, divers, grey seals and dolphins.
David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership, says: “Autumn is a glorious time of year to visit Scilly. The wildlife is spectacular, with resident and migrating birds to spot, seal pups to catch sight of, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and rock pools are fantastic for foraging, too. Our Walk Scilly Weekend lets visitors explore this special season on Scilly.
“We’re delighted to have teamed up with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust again for the event. They manage more than 60% of the islands’ landscape and the funds from the walks they host will go straight into supporting the valuable work they do.”
For more information about the walks and how to book, go to visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.
Will was joined on the phone this morning by David Jackson from Islands' partnership for this week's update and to find out a bit more about Walk Scilly Weekend 2017. David also had some more information on Islands' Partnership's recent election of Directors, AGM and much much more. You can listen to the full update below.