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working to preserve Alderney’s stunning natural heritage

Alderney Wildlife Trust

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For a small island only 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles at its widest point, Alderney has a remarkable range of terrestrial and marine habitats, which supports an impressive number of flora and fauna. This scheme is working to preserve Alderney’s stunning natural heritage and sustain it for future generations.

The Alderney Wildlife Trust helps to protect Alderney’s west coast and the Burhou Islands. This area was designated a Ramsar site in 2005, meaning it is of international importance for its wildlife which includes several seabird colonies scattered over numerous small islands and reefs. The site contains a mixture of habitats ranging from coastal grassland, shingle shorelines, rocky intertidal to sub-tidal kelp forests.

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What's happening?

To maintain the Ramsar site the Trust undertakes a series of ecological studies:

  • Puffin research and management
  • Establishing new nesting sites for storm petrels
  • Shag and Cormorant breeding
  • Tern and ringed plover census and breeding
  • Monitoring the adult gannet population 
  • Visitor management and awareness

A grazing scheme positively promotes the growth of wild flowers and a diverse range of insects and birds.

Scheme area: 1,500 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Longis, Val du Saou, Ramsar site

This scheme is helping species including...

Gannet, Puffin, European Storm Petrel and other seabirds

This scheme is also...

Providing environmental education via Puffin Cam 


British Trust for Ornithology, RSPB, local naturalist groups

To find out more

Email: | Tel: 01481 822935 | Alderney Wildlife Trust

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