HiDef is pleased to see the UK Government, through DEFRA and Natural England, announce the expansion of a protected area in the Isles of Scilly, home to some of the country’s rarest seabirds. This decision was based on extensive work commissioned by Natural England, contracting HiDef to undertake a series of digital aerial surveys in 2015 and 2016. HiDef data and analysis has underpinned the scientific decision, highlighting the importance of the archipelago for its breeding seabirds. The extension of the Marine Protected Area (MPA), acting as a seabird haven, will benefit over 15,000 birds including Manx shearwater, shag and lesser black backed gull.
HiDef Managing Director Andy Webb enthused “It is fantastic to see HiDef’s work being used to support conservation goals. The Isles of Scilly is a very special place, its geography, people and birds make for a unique combination which will be further protected by this government announcement. We are proud to have played our part and it has brought back great memories to the team of some fantastic creatures recorded during the surveys.