Welcome to Scilly Pelagics: pelagic trips operating out of St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. You'll find information about our pelagic trips and our studies of seabirds observed off Scilly and across the world. You can book pelagics and purchase our multimedia guides and clothing.
Scilly Pelagics is managed by Bob Flood and Joe Pender. We 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 available.
What we offer...
Birder Special Pelagics
Scilly Pelagics was launched in 2006 to cater for the ever-growing interest in seabirds and other wildlife regularly found in Scillonian waters. Scilly Birder Special Pelagics are a long weekend – Friday to Monday inclusive – to see and photograph as many specialities as possible, in particular Cory's and Great Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm-petrel.
Operated by experienced seaman and skipper of MV Sapphire Joe Pender, Sapphire Pelagics offers short-range pelagic trips combining seabirding with a shark-tagging programme. A team of experienced local birders and shark taggers will be on board 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. This groundbreaking collection is a vital addition to any seabirder's library.
Scilly Pelagics clothing range
Pelagic Customer Reviews
"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..."