Smaller than most UK towns, the island of Alderney has a full community network. The town of St. Anne is a focal point from which all the bays, forts, railway line and wildlife hotspots are just a short walk away. The population of around 2,000 people is concentrated in St. Anne but also spreads out to areas across the island. The small size means everyone can enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery throughout the year.
Alderney is famous as a German occupation during the Second World War and many bunkers can be visited today (with new ones still being uncovered!). But Alderney is steeped in history, with Victorian Forts dating to before WWII and the Roman building (now called The Nunnery) being one of the best preserved in Britain!
Along with its historical heritage, Alderney is an excellent location for naturalists. Moth, Butterfly and Dragonfly species occur on Alderney that have not reached the British mainland, whilst Blonde (Leucistic) Hedgehogs are widespread on the island but extremely rare everywhere else. Bird watching is a favourite pastime for people on Alderney and excellent sights of the likes of Puffins, Gannets, Water Rails and Dartford Warblers can be found around the island and its surrounding waters. There is also the chance of a rare migrant, given Alderney's proximity to the European Continent and the regular high winds that sweep migrating birds towards the English Channel.
Use the map above to see Alderney in pictures and get a glimpse of just some of the sights that make this island a wonderful place to live! All photos courtesy of the Alderney Wildlife Trust.