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Welcome to Track A Gannet (T.A.G.) a fascinating and exciting project offering an unrivaled insight into the life-cycle of Britain’s largest native seabird- the Northern Gannet.


T.A.G. 2019 Map

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The tags will have now stopped transmitting but you can still view the 2019 map


T.A.G. is jointly run on behalf of the States of Alderney's Ramsar Site by the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) with support from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and University of Liverpool.  The work has enabled Alderney to track the foraging behaviour of gannets from the Ortac using the 3G mobile network. 

You can follow the bird's movements in real time on the map above. Please note the tags update every time the birds come within range of a 3G mobile network, and may be limited by solar battery charge. The tags will only last for a relatively short period of time, generally 4-6 weeks.
In 2019 tags were deployed in early July.

Final map from 2017

The final map from 2016 - including the track for Cosmo, our record breaking Gannet can be found below.


Thank you to everyone who has sponsored and supported us throughout the T.A.G. project!  This work wouldn't be possible without your help. If you are interested in sponsoring a T.A.G. or contributing to the T.A.G. project please get in touch with Claire - peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org

To find out more about our gannets and the technology behind the tags click here. You can sign up for newsletter updates on the T.A.G. project by getting in touch.

Click here to Sponsor a Gannet

The map below shows the Gannet acitvity we recorded in 2015 - some of the bird made some amazing journeys, some in just one foraging trip!

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A map of our tagged Gannet activity from 2015

If you are having problems viewing this map through a Mac or Android device you may need a Flash Media enabled browser to see the stream. We recommend for Macs - Puffin Browser and for Android devices - Photon Flash Browser.  If you are still experiencing difficulties please contact us on peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org.




Information on this page is only for illustrative purposes and cannot be used without our permission © Alderney Wildlife Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, University of Liverpool 2015. - For more information contact peopleandwildlife@alderneywildlife.org

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