A new partnership has been agreed between the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to help protect the islands' unique environment.
The Wildlife Trust will appoint a Marine Ranger to talk to passengers on board Scillonian III as they are sailing to the islands and offer information about the Trust’s events programme on Scilly.
Activities this season include rock-pooling, beachcombing and wildlife walks, as well as up to three events each week across the five inhabited islands.
Sarah Mason, Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, said: “The new Marine Ranger will be a fantastic resource for passengers on the ship and we hope that visitors will be able to make the most of their trip to the islands thanks to the wealth of information that will be made available, from details of events to marine life watching advice.
“We are really pleased that the Steamship Group is supporting this initiative and the trust in its mission to be the champion of nature on Scilly.”
Stuart Reid, Managing Director of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust team in their work to deliver real benefits on Scilly for the islands, and for the residents and visitors alike who enjoy them.
"We know that the incredible natural environment of Scilly is one of the top reasons people give for why they choose to visit the islands, so it’s vital we do all we can to help the Trust in its work to keep Scilly special for generations to come.”
From April, visitors to the Isles of Scilly Travel website will be able to make a voluntary donation to the Trust when they place a travel booking.
The move follows a recent survey of visitors to Scilly in which 75% of respondents said they would like the opportunity to support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust by giving a donation when they booked their transport.
Marine mammal surveyors ORCA also conduct regular scientific surveys on the Scillonian. The team recorded hundreds of sightings over the 2018 season.