Alderney is one of the best places in the British Isles for birdwatching with its wide range of habitats from the coastal cliffs to sandy coastline, to heathland and woodland to inland ponds. It is a great choice for those who love the outdoors - not only for those who are a novice birder but it can be a fun activity for the whole family.
There are so many stunning bird species to spot, from buzzards and kestrels prowling the skies, to the dartford warbler navigating the gorse-clad cliffs to the cheerful sound of songbirds nestling in the tranquil woodland to the different seabirds thriving on the southern cliffs, including the majestic gannets nesting on Les Etacs. Our island truly is a birdwatcher’s paradise!
Get up close and personal in one of the two bird hides on the island where you can immerse yourself in the peace and quiet and use a pair of binoculars provided to see many of the avid pond users such as the little grebe, coots and mallard ducks - or spot a shoveler or a snipe passing through during the migration period.
Tips for a great bird watching in Alderney:
1. Early morning is an ideal time to catch lots of bird activity, both resident and migrant.
2. Visit the Longis and Mannez bird hides on the Longis Nature Reserve.
3. View the spectacle of Les Etacs Gannet Colony, with around 2% of the world population resident just a few hundred metres away, from Giffoine.
4. Visit the Alderney Wildlife Trust on Victoria Street for the latest sightings and catch up with the regular blogs on line. You can also borrow a pair of binoculars from them.
5. Join a guided bird walk.
6. For the more enthusiastic or experienced birdringer contact the Alderney Bird Observatory Trust and Alderney Wildlife Trust to get involved.