Burhou’s Ecology

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Burhou’s Ecology 2017-03-30T12:51:31+00:00

Burhou is a tiny island, less than 1km long, and is situated 2km from Alderney’s northwest coast. Burhou and its surrounding environment is a haven for wildlife and is internationally recognised for its importance to marine and bird life (designated a Ramsar site in 2005). This area is host to 2.3% of the world's population of Northern Gannets and the only European Storm Petrel colony in the Channel Islands. The unique tidal streams, with average speeds of six knots at spring tides, encourage a vibrant and diverse marine environment.

Burhou is the centre point of our Ramsar site. It is home to seven species of breeding seabird including locally important populations of Puffin and European Storm Petrel and a nationally important population of Lesser Black-backed Gull.

The Alderney Wildlife Trust has been working with the States of Alderney to help restore, preserve and protect the unique nature of Burhou and through the Living Islands Live project we hope to bring this wonderful natural landscape into classrooms and homes throughout the British Isles.