Based in 'The Nunnery', the Alderney Bird Observatory reveals the importance of the island for migrating birds and nesting seabirds...
Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO) is the latest project led by the Alderney Wildlife Trust and most recently accredited Bird Observatory in the British Isles.
Establish in March 2016, the bird observatory has shown tangible evidence that Alderney is a very important place for migrating birds and one of the most exciting islands in Britain for seeing and monitoring birds in migration and for nesting seabirds.
It’s a place which conducts long-term monitoring of bird populations and migration. Individual observatories are located at prime migration points around the British Isles and conduct within a defined recording area. The first observatory was established on the Welsh Island of Skokholm (1933) and since then the British network has become renowned worldwide for its network of observatories, the quality of their observations and the wildlife viewing opportunities they present.
An integral part of a bird observatory’s work is bird ringing, the capturing of birds by a licensed ‘ringer’, who acts as the observatory’s Warden, thus enabling the study of population dynamics across an international species . Observatories encourage volunteers to participate in scientific studies of birds and the environment, including ringing and more casual observations whilst out enjoying the areas they reside within. The results of these studies are made freely available to researchers and to the public who are welcome to then visit the observatories.