UNESCO Requests Report on Star Wars VII Shoot in Skellig Michael
Star Wars VII is set to shoot on a small, rocky island off the coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael. The location was chosen because of the island’s distinctive, craggy rock formations and its lush landscape. UNESCO though, is concerned that the shoot might interfere with the island’s inhabitants: birds.
Skellig Michael, home to puffins, manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots, and kittiwakes, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996 in order to preserve the habitat for its native birds. Although the island was once home to a monastic settlement, these days it’s only home to wildlife and is patrolled by the Irish Navy—an exclusion zone of two nautical miles aims to keep the island safe from poachers and tourists