Norrard Rocks

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Norrard Rocks

Isles of Scilly

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Gweal seen from Bryher
Grid reference: SV867152

The Norrard Rocks (or "Northern Rocks") are a group of small uninhabited granite rocks in the north–western part of the Isles of Scilly, to the west of Bryher and Samson.

The Norrad Rocks are designated as a "Site of Special Scientific Interest" for their breeding seabird colonies. The vegetation on the islands is limited by the extreme exposure and only six species of plants have been recorded.[1]

The islands and rocks in order of area:[2]

  • Gweal 14½ acres and 105 feet high is a small rocky island consisting of two hills linked by a boulder beach, just off the west coast of Bryher.
  • Scilly Rock 5 acres
  • Mincarlo 4½ acres: the southernmost of the group
  • Illiswilgig 2 acres
  • Maiden Bower (Cornish: Meyn-Meur, meaning "great rocks") 1½ acre
  • Castle Bryher 1 acre
  • Seal Rock ½ acre - An important breeding and haul out site for the grey seal. The only plant recorded is orache


  1. "Norrard Rocks". Natural England. 17 December 1986. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. Parslow, Rosemary (2007). The Isles of Scilly. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 13 978-0-00-220150-6. 
Isles of Scilly

St Mary's  • St Agnes  • Tresco  • Bryher  • St Martin's  • Gugh
Annet  •
Bishop Rock  • Crim Rocks  • Eastern Isles  • English Island  • Great Ganilly  • Gweal  • Norrard Rocks  • Rosevear  • Round Island  • Samson  • St Helens  • Teän  • Western Rocks  • White Island  • Zantman's Rock