A Hive of
Today the only
permanent residents on St Kilda are the staff who service the Ministry
of Defence installations. In the summer months, however, St Kilda
is a hive of activity. A unique outdoor laboratory where architects,
archaeologists, natural scientists and historians study the St Kildan
way of life and the natural environment of the islands. These studies
are fascinating in themselves and highly relevant to the long term
care and understanding of our planet.
of human settlement on St Kilda is a complex and fascinating one.
On the islands themselves are numerous archaeological sites, and
remains of houses and other structures, which hold many clues to
the way of life of the islands' former inhabitants. These are scheduled
under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, 1979 and
may not be investigated or disturbed without the consent of the
Secretary of State for Scotland.
There has been
a great interest in the natural history of St Kilda, since the middle
of the 19th century. This continues today under the supervision
of Scottish Natural Heritage. A research project studying the Soay
sheep begun in the 1950s continues today and there have been major
surveys of the seabirds on and around the islands.