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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and to order.
Prices do not include postage.
Scilly Pelagics Cap - Grey
Scilly Pelagics Cap - Navy
Scilly Pelagics Polo - Grey
Scilly Pelagics Polo - Navy
Scilly Pelagics Hoody - Grey
Scilly Pelagics Hoody - Navy
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.
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Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom