Boats leave from Looe’s bustling fishing harbour and once on the island, the resident Cornwall Wildlife Trust warden will tell visitors all about the fascinating nature and history of the island, including the intriguing story of how the Atkins sisters bought the island in the 1960s and later bequeathed it to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Wardens will escort visitors around the island and then there’s a chance to independently explore the island or join the warden for a slide show in the charming Jetty Cottage - the whole trip lasting around 3½ hours.
The wardens will explain how the island nature reserve is home to many nesting seabirds such as cormorants, shags, fulmars, and oystercatchers. It has the largest breeding colony in Cornwall of the majestic great black-backed gull, which has a huge wingspan of around 1.5m! The breeding colonies and displays of wildlife flowers along the dramatic coastline offer wonderful views, and the island is also home to Britain's largest mammal - grey seals. With adult seals of around 2.5m long and weighing over 250kg, watching one freely moving around the island’s waters is an unforgettable wildlife experience.