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Scilly Pelagics

Welcome to Scilly Pelagics, the official website for pelagic trips operating out of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. This website provides information about our pelagic trips and our studies of seabirds observed off Scilly and across the world’s oceans (published in books and articles). The website has an on-line store by which to purchase our products and services.

Scilly Pelagics is administered and operated by Bob Flood and Joe Pender. We combine to provide expert knowledge about seabirds, seabirding, seamanship, and where to find seabirds and ocean wildlife in Scillonian waters. We offer an unsurpassable service in the British Isles for pelagic birding. Scheduled trips and private charters are offered.

You can view our highlights from 2019 here!

Header Video: Bluefin Tuna feeding frenzy near St. Mary's, Scilly, August 2018.

August 2020 Birder Special Pelagics

Booking Now Open!!!

What we offer...

Birder Special Pelagics

Scilly Pelagics was formally launched in 2006 to cater for the ever-growing interest in seabirds and other ocean wildlife regularly found in Scillonian waters. The concept of Scilly Birder Special Pelagics is a long weekend – Friday to Monday inclusive – venturing onto the ocean to maximise the chances of seeing and photographing as many of the specialities as possible, in particular Cory's and Great Shearwates, and Wilson's Storm-petrel.

Sapphire Pelagics

Operated by experienced seaman and skipper of the MV Sapphire, Joe Pender, Sapphire Pelagics offers short-range pelagic trips combining seabirding with a shark-tagging programme in conjunction with Plymouth University. A team of experienced local birders and shark taggers will be on board during every trip to help with spotting, identification, and distributing chum, the key ingredient to attracting sharks and seabirds.

Multimedia ID Guides

Multimedia Identification Guides to North Atlantic Seabirds is a unique series of books and DVDs covering the detailed identification of all Procellariiformes occurring in the North Atlantic. The series includes Storm-petrels & Bulwer's Petrel; Pterodroma Petrels; Albatrosses & Fulmarine Petrels; and Shearwaters (coming soon!). This groundbreaking collection is a vital addition to any seabirder's library.

NEW Scilly Pelagics clothing range - OUT NOW!

Introducing our new range of quality embroidered Scilly Pelagics clothing.

Caps, polos, and hoodies, all available in grey and navy-blue.

Polos (men's and women's fit), and hoodies, available in various sizes. Email live2seabird@gmail.com for availability and to order.

Prices do not include postage.

Scilly Pelagics Cap - Grey

£15

Scilly Pelagics Cap - Navy

£15

Scilly Pelagics Polo - Grey

£30

Scilly Pelagics Polo - Navy

£30

Scilly Pelagics Hoody - Grey

£35

Scilly Pelagics Hoody - Navy

£35

The Experience

Leader

Bob Flood

With a lifetime experience birding on the high seas, world leading seabird expert and ornithologist Bob Flood will be on board to lead all Birder Special Pelagics and most Sapphire Pelagics.

Pelagic Customer Reviews

Jim Almond

"After witnessing the unique atmosphere of an October pelagic ‘taster’ in 2013, I have now (2018) travelled from Shrewsbury to take part in 63 pelagic trips on Sapphire, mostly during the August seabird migration period. The past four years has seen me pack in two long weekends, enjoying the camaraderie of the boat, the magic of Scilly and of course some fantastic seabirds. The BIG three: Wilson’s Petrel, Cory’s and Great Shearwaters were in the bag on my first weekend in 2014 and they nearly always turn up on every trip. The last two years alone has produced over 60 Wilson’s for me! My greatest highlight had to be the Fea’s Petrel of 16th August 2015 when the most spectacular views ever of this iconic seabird were achieved in UK waters. There have been so many other great moments in recent years, bolstered by the reappearance of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Scillonian waters. The spectacle of literally 1,000s of large shearwaters on show during 2017 /18 as well as the other marine wildlife which makes these trips so special has made it a fixture in my calendar every year. My blog is packed every August with pelagic images and they are used in my talks - ‘Scilly Pelagic Magic’ is currently the most popular one I give! Each pelagic trip is one into the unknown, the unpredictability is what makes them so special and who knows which mega will turn up next? Red-billed Tropicbird, White-faced Storm Petrel?  I just hope I’m there..."


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Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

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