The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has said it is “incredibly grateful” for the support of residents and visitors after the recent damage to its noticeboard at the quay.
Communications officer Nikki Banfield said it was likely that the board was damaged intentionally, describing it as “sad” that there is a small element of the community determined to display what she called unnecessary and irresponsible behaviours.
She told This is Scilly News: “We are incredibly grateful for the support shown on social media by both residents and visitors; it’s heart-warming to read all of their lovely comments and the fact that so many generously donated as a result was fantastic.
"We have received in excess of £200 in donations and new memberships as a result of our social media posting about the damage to the board and will now consider whether a replacement is purchased or if we look at another option. Regardless the money donated will be spent on nature conservation in Scilly so will be put to good use.”
Nikki added that the issue with the sluice boards at Lower Moors has now been resolved. The boards were regularly removed by an unknown member of the community, despite the Trust’s pleas to leave them in place.
She said: “The sluice boards are being left alone now – but probably because we’ve bolted them in! It’s a bit of mission to get them out, which is frustrating for us, as the Rangers are down there regularly checking and the top board occasionally needs to be removed. So now it’s not a simple task and takes a little extra time for us which is annoying, but at least the science isn’t being tampered with anymore!"