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free flying gannet

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



T.A.G. is jointly run by the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and University of Liverpool, and has enabled gannet movements to be under surveillance using the 3G mobile network. We will be tracking Alderney's Gannets again in 2017 for the third year, aiming to have the tags fitted in early July to build up a continuous body of data on the movements of this iconic species. By the third year of the project we hope there will be enough data to begin to draw some meaningful statistical conclusions on where the birds go.

    • Once the project is underway you can follow the feeding routes of these magnificent birds in real time on the map below.  Please note the tags update every time them come within range of a 3G mobile network, and may be limited by solar battery charge.
      Until the project goes live you can see the final map from 2016 - including the track for Cosmo, our record breaking Gannet.


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.orgUntitled

To find 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! This work shows that many of the proposed developments in the Channel would occur in areas where the gannets do forage. As we build up our data over the next few years we can determine more about the long term trendsin the colonies here on Alderney.

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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 info@livingislands.co.uk.




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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