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Read by Dave and Charley

After such a tough time in February and March when over 46,000 seabirds died in the storms, we were all very concerned for our seabird colonies. Some species were fine, whilst others have had poorer years but are still here in healthy numbers for the future. But after such a devastating end to the Winter we are thrilled with how many highlights there have been during Spring and Summer, and we want to tell you about our favourites.

TIM

Seeing the puffins finally come back, confirming they were still breeding and rescuing a storm petrel were all great moments.

Storm petrels are very small birds!

Storm petrels are very small birds!

But my favourite day was actually Friday 13th June. Having a successful trip tagging gannets with Vicky and Phil was amazing enough, but to see dolphins on the way home was spectacular.

Dolphins swimming alongside our boat

Dolphins swimming alongside our boat

I have never seen dolphins so close up in my life! That was my favourite day, but my favourite moments were actually working on Couqe Lihou. Here I managed to get closer to my favourite bird, the razorbill, than ever before!

Adult razorbill

Adult razorbill

Razorbill chick

Razorbill chick

Razorbill chick ready to fledge

Razorbill chick ready to fledge

AURELIE

We were all very concerned after the seabird wrecks over winter so it was great to see our Puffins back. I love getting to talk to people about our special seabirds and Puffins are normally the favourite so taking people on boat trips is always great and getting to see Puffins closer up in our observations on Burhou is always exciting.

Aurelie really enjoyed her time out on the boat spotting our seabirds and telling people all about them

Aurelie really enjoyed her time out on the boat spotting our seabirds and telling people all about them

Aurelie getting ready for some puffin watching

Aurelie getting ready for some puffin watching

It doesn't have to be just in Alderney, I love to hear about what you have learnt during the LIVE project and see your work too!

Getting out to do an intertidal survey is one of my favourite times in the survey season so it was great when Tim, Mel and I started our survey work around Clonque.

Mel and Aurelie identify what species are present and discuss how to describe them during an intertidal study

Mel and Aurelie identify what species are present and discuss how to describe them during an intertidal study

Getting to help other teams at AWT is always nice so being able to work with the both the AWT and Living Islands teams and opening up Fort Tourgis was one of my favourite moments  - definitely worth all the hard work!

A before and after picture of the work done on the Cambridge Battery

A before and after picture of the work done on the Cambridge Battery

CRISTINA

I always dreamt of having a tree house like Tarzan, so I was really excited when we had the chance to build a greenwood teepee in the middle of the Alderney Community Woodland with our own hands. Our record is 20 people inside it!

Staff and volunteers show off the new teepee

Staff and volunteers show off the new teepee

ANNE-ISABELLE

My favorite moment of the work in the past 12 weeks is the happiness and pride of the achievement about Fort Tourgis. A few days ago, we welcomed 57 children from St Anne school and we've explored with them this impressive building.

Children from St Anne gather to appreciate Fort Tourgis

Children from St Anne gather to appreciate Fort Tourgis

That day we discovered sea kale growing in the Victorian gun emplacement and a nest with wren chicks in a German bunker but above all, the plover chicks chose that day to hatch! What a great day!

A newly hatched ringed plover chick

A newly hatched ringed plover chick

These have been our favourite moments, what are yours? Let us know in the comments below.

ECOLOGIST'S UPDATE

On Tuesday we showed you that rats had been detected in some areas near seabirds by Nicci in her university project. As well as rats these chew sticks also detect any small mammals that are in the locations including hedgehogs, mice and shrews. On Burhou we have found small teeth marks that indicate the presence of mice or shrews.

Mice and shrews will make much smaller chew marks than rats

Mice and shrews will make much smaller chew marks than rats

To find out which species' are present we set up Longworth traps on Burhou on Tuesday. The traps are made up of two parts, an area that we fill with hay (for bedding) and a bit of food to attract the small mammals and a tunnel leading to this area. In the tunnel is a trap door and small metal bar, when the small mammals run into the tunnel they trip the bar and close the door trapping themselves in. The bedding and food keep them comfortable for the night before we find and release them first thing in the morning.

Inside the main chamber of the Longworth trap

Inside the main chamber of the Longworth trap

The traps are hidden in the vegetation on Burhou, with just the tunnel entrance visible

The traps are hidden in the vegetation on Burhou, with just the tunnel entrance visible

We are hoping to confirm which small mammal species' live on Burhou this weekend, mice or shrews, something that has never been done before so we are very excited at the prospect of the results.