Isles of Scilly project

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Museum scientists are surveying and collecting wildlife on the Isles of Scilly as part of a long-term biodiversity study.

The sub-tropical Isles of Scilly are home to a unique range of animals and plants, many of which are living at the edge of their typical environmental range. 

This project aims to:

  • gather specimens to add to the Museum's collections
  • document the species living on the islands
  • monitor changes in the population and distribution of species

The Isles of Scilly project team includes specialists in:

  • fishes
  • flowering plants
  • lichens
  • seaweeds and algae
  • bryozoans
  • Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)
  • flies

More about our fieldwork in the Isles of Scilly blog

  • James Maclaine.

    Meet our scientists involved in the Isles of Scilly project.

Isles of Scilly project blog
Read the blog

Hear the latest from Museum scientists as they explore the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

Contact us

Dr Mark Spencer
Senior curator, British and Irish Herbarium
Life Sciences Department, Plant Division
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
Email Mark

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