Click and Play 7may13

Read by David

Aside from the seabirds on Burhou there is a lot of other wildlife to see on, and around, Alderney. We have already mentioned the Bluebells and Orchids, but there is a whole host of fauna to enjoy as well.

Potentially our most famous species is the 'Blonde' Hedgehog. They are nick-named blonde due to their pale colouration, but the actual term for them is leucistic. They occur naturally, but extremely rarely, in some hedgehog populations in the UK - but on Alderney they make up about 25% of the population!

We have so many on Alderney as we are a small island with a small hedgehog population. This allows the leucistic gene to remain strong in the population rather than disappearing as it does in the rest of the UK.

Last week a Blonde Hedgehog was brought into the AWT office as it had been found living at our local rubbish tip! We took it to a nice sheltered location amongst some hedges where it happily woke up and walked away to see its new home.

Blonde Hedgehog

Blonde Hedgehog

Other staff members at the AWT also do a lot of survey work with a whole host of other wildlife.

This includes very colourful Butterflies, Moths and Dragonflies...

Red-Veined Darter

Red-Veined Darter

... amphibians such as Newts and Frogs and reptiles such as Slow Worms...

Slow Worm

Slow Worm

... bats...

Pipistrelle Bat

Pipistrelle Bat

... and marine mammals such as Dolphins and Seals.

Grey Seal

Grey Seal

For more information on our diverse range of wildlife I will be waiting very eagerly, like all of you, throughout the season when our other staff members write their special Thursday Daily Digests on all their work around Alderney for us all to enjoy.

Weather Forecast:

weather-symbolWednesday 8th May

Max 12 degrees / Min 10 degrees

Wind direction: South South Westerly 19mph

Description: Light Rain

Today's Puffin Fact

When fighting male Puffins puff themselves up, to look bigger, and stamp their feet.