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The natural environment of Tresco on the Isles of Scilly 28 miles of Cornwall’s coast

Tresco and the Isles of Scilly is a wonderful place for nature lovers to enjoy a holiday.

Tresco has beaches with sparkling sand and sub-tropical plants, the unique variety of vegetation and abundance of bird life in an environment unspoilt by cars, crowds and pollution.

The geographical location of the islands means that it is ideally suited for migrant birds from Britain and Europe. In March and April Spring migrants, such as White Wagtails, Warblers, Swallows and Pipits appear. In October birds from Asia and America pay their visit, this is the most popular month for bird watchers.

Isles of Scilly

Agapanthus on Tresco

The islands are also a breeding site for rare seabirds such as the Puffin and Manx Shearwater. Boat trips are often available to see the Puffins.

Sea birds are evocative of Scilly, as well as all of the different types of Gull, there are Oyster catchers, Cormorants, Shags and Curlew, to name a few.

Boat trips also offer visitors to see Grey Seals in their natural habitats, on the uninhabited Eastern Isles. It is also possible to swim in the sea with the Seals or you may also be lucky enough to see passing Dolphins.

The flora of Scilly is a paradise for botanists. Flowers grow throughout the year as winter temperatures rarely drop below 5C. Wherever you walk on the islands you will be amazed at the variety and beauty of plants which grow everywhere.

The flower industry is also important to the islands with millions of Narcissi and Daffodils being sent to the markets on the mainland.

The Abbey Gardens on Tresco are today internationally famous, containing many thousands of species that are unable to be grown outdoors anywhere else in Britain.

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