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Isles of Scilly

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The Isles of Scillly are an archipelago of some 150 islands and rocks, lying 28 miles south west of Cornwall.

In the summer, people visit the Isles to enjoy the unspoilt sandy beaches and clear blue seas.

But autumn is an equally good time to visit the islands for a stunning wildlife experience and some bird rarities.

Migration index (Image: Turnstones c/o RSPB Images/Andy Hay)

Return to Migration

Autumn offes fantastic opportunities for wildlife watchers with many birds and animals migrating for the winter.

Migratory activities (Image: Oystercatcher c/o RSPB Images/Andy Hay)

Migratory activities

  • Lots of animals are on the move during autumn from deer to long distance travellers such as geese.

Isles of Scilly - Visitor Guide


Samson and St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Postcode TR21 0LL
Telephone:01720 422536

01720 423782


Tourist information centre

Map:Multimap of Isles of Scilly
Ordnance Survey:Grid reference: SV914106
Key attraction:

Migrating birds - autumn.

Essential kit:Walking shoes. Binoculars and scopes for bird watching.
Nature watching:

Bird watching - rare migratory birds in the autumn.

The key to successful birding on the islands is good communication if you want to see some serious bird action e.g. pagers, CB radios, mobile texts.


Hotels, cafes and restaurants in major towns.


The islands are largely wheelchair accessible. Transport by helicopter from Penzance and by ferry is wheelchair friendly.

Getting there:

Excellent network of inter-island boats that run from April - October. The islands are reached by sea throughout the summer from Penzance to St Mary's. Flights operate from Southampton, Bristol, Exeter, Newquay and Land's End.


Travel info - Isles of Scilly Travel

Opening times:

Year round, all times.


Some attractions may have a charge.

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