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Dear Colleague

We hope and trust you had a relaxing and enjoyable spring break?

Despite the very cold and wet weather conditions for this time of year we are just about on-track for the project launch next week.

If you have been tracking developments on the Living Islands: A Puffins Season on Burhou you will see that we have been very busy over the past couple of weeks.

To find out what has and is going to happen please read this newsletter…… and remember….. if you have any questions please e-mail or phone us.

Where are the Burhou Puffins?

two puffins

So far we have already seen the Puffins land on Burhou for the first time in 2013 on the 19th March. After that initial flurry of activity, sightings of Puffins decreased as they went back out to sea to feed.

But in the past week the activity has begun to increase, with the Puffins going in to their burrows and starting to dig them out a bit, ready for laying an egg towards the end of the month.

We expect regular Puffin activity to begin within the next week or two so get ready for a fantastic season of Puffin watching!'

Changes to the website

All schools who have registered to take part in the project should now have received their username and password to access the School Zone. If you haven't had an email with your details, or you're having any trouble logging in and using the website, please don't hesitate to contact Tim Hall - info@livingislands.co.uk

Resources Update

Over the past 10 days resources have been uploaded to support: Food Chains, Caring for Young Pufflings and Conservation & Protection. Please note all text based resources can be downloaded as PDF’s or Word docs for editing.

About Alderney: A set of photographs of the island and an interactive Google Map have now been uploaded and added to the resources section. Over the week-end a set of short video clips and a selection of short biographies under the title “Who lives and works on Alderney” will be added to the resources folder.

Look out for these resources if you planning to launch the project with an introduction to Alderney!

Daily News Page

From Monday 15th April you will be able each morning to log-in and see a new ‘Daily News Page’ every day. On this page will be displayed every day photographs, video clips, blog reports, weather data and useful facts about the Puffin colony on Burhou.

Log-on on Sunday evening to view the first daily post entitled: ‘Colourful birds and their unlikely flatmates.’

Indeed, if you are planning any special events in school linked to the project please tell us so we can plan in advance to mention and share your news with other schools.

Just e-mail your news, reports and photos to: info@livingislands.co.uk

A video conference with Aurelie Bohan and Tim – 13:00 – 15.00 Friday 19th April 2013

Learning about Alderney? Want to know what Puffins do at the start of spring? Then why not join in the video conference next Friday with Aurelie and Tim. This is an excellent opportunity for your class to introduce themselves to the Alderney Wildlife Team and find out more about the beautiful island and its incredible wildlife.

Planning to join in? Please e-mail and let Aurelie know in advance.

The URL to join the video conference is: FlashMeeting: http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/38b771-16959

WE hope during the 2 hour session many of our 30 schools will join the conference and introduce themselves!

Not able to join the conference next Friday. Look out next week for details about the next planned conference eon Friday 26th April.

Keep posting your questions on the project blog or e-mail us!

If video conferencing is not your thing then please post your questions on the project Chat back blog or e-mail us direct. We promise to respond and answer all e-mails the same or at the latest the very next day!

We have two Puffins who want to come and visit you!

Aurelie Bohan – Alderney Wildlife Trust People & Wildlife Officer

E-mail us now if you would like a Puffin to visit your school this month!

Two fluffy (toy) Puffins from Alderney want to come and visit you in your school and see all the work you are doing.

We will send out the Puffins on their adventures, one will be travelling round the Channel Islands and the other one will be making their way to England. Just send us back a short report plus photos of what the Puffins did in your school.

Currently, the two Puffins do not have names. We thought this was sad so need your help to come up with a name for each of the Puffins! We will be picking the names for the Puffins on Friday 26th April so will need to know all suggestions by then.

Please e-mail your suggestions to Aurelie on peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org

Have a super start to the New Term.

Best wishes

Aurelie Bohan – Alderney Wildlife Trust
E-mail: info@alderneywildlife.org

Tim Morley – Alderney Wildlife Trust Seabird Ecologist
E-mail: ecologist@alderneywildlife.org.uk

Phil Bracegirdle – South East Grid for Learning Associates
E-mail: pbracegirdle@segfl.org.uk

Tim Hall - Living Islands: A Puffin Season on Burhou Web Manager
E-mail: info@livingislands.co.uk

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  1. Vigo Village Pupils April 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    I love all of the puffins and that you are looking after them and thank you for doing that
    Sarah 😀

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you Sarah, we enjoy looking after them

  2. Vigo Village Pupils April 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    what is the coast line like in the and also how many baby puffins will they have at an time ?
    How old can a puffin get?
    How big are the puffins?
    Sarah 😀

    • Aurelie Bohan
      Aurelie Bohan April 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      The coast line on Burhou is very rocky. Puffins will have one egg per year.
      Puffins normally live to about 18 years, but the oldest Puffin lived to 35 years 11 months and 13 days.
      Puffins are normally 28 cm tall, with a wing span of 55 cm and weigh about 400 g.
      Thank you for your questions Sarah 🙂

  3. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    when did the puffins appear this year???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:45 am - Reply

      The Puffins first returned to Burhou this year on the 19th March at about 2.30pm. After this they went back to sea to fish for a bit but are now regularly back on Burhou getting ready to breed.

  4. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    when do puffins lay their eggs?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  5. Rosherville April 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    do puffins swim in the alantic ocean

    • Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist
      Tim Morley - Seabird Ecologist April 25, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Yes, Puffins like to swim and are much more comfortable in the water than they are on land. They have to swim to catch fish to eat.

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