Click and Play  May162013

Read by David

Two weeks ago Phil Henderson introduced himself to you all and talked about the great work he does on Alderney. This Thursday it is the turn of Juan Salado to tell you about his work on 'Sula of Braye' and the amazing marine surveying he gets to do.

- Tim Morley, Seabird Ecologist

Hello! My name is Juan Salado and I’m writing to introduce myself to all of you so you can understand a little bit more about the Alderney Wildlife Trust team.

I’m the Marine Conservation Manager so as you can imagine my working day varies through a range of activities, all of them related to the sea. This time of the year I’m busy preparing the seasonal public events like rockpool sessions, and the different surveys on the shore to better understand the state of our seas.

Juan with a Velvet Swimming Crab found in a rockpool (it was returned to the pool safely)

Juan with a Velvet Swimming Crab found in a rockpool (it was returned to the pool safely)

Last week we did our first Ormer (abalone) survey and we also map the presence of the invasive seaweed, Jap Weed.  This seaweed came from Japan with the commercial oysters a long time ago and now it’s very common in Europe.

Ormer in the wild - throughout the British Isles they are only found in the Channel Islands

Ormer in the wild - throughout the British Isles they are only found in the Channel Islands

Ormer as a popular decorative object

Ormer as a popular decorative object

Part of my work is to collect information about the condition of our shores to study the possible impact of a new project we have in Alderney, tidal power (a renewable energy). This project uses the strong tides we have around Alderney to produce electricity, it’s similar to a wind turbine but it’s located under the sea so it moves with the tides. It’s very important to study the impact of projects like this on our environment so we can protect it for the future.

Surveying the coastline for tidal power development

Surveying the coastline for tidal power development

I’m also the main skipper for our boat “Sula of Braye”, which we use every week to take our team to Burhou for bird surveys, PuffinCam maintenance, take tourists out to visit our bird colonies and enjoy the stunning views around Alderney, sustainable fishing trips and sometimes we even have time to have a fun trip out with our team!

Captain "Salad" in action!

Captain "Salad" in action!

I hope you continue enjoying this fantastic project and a big thank you to Tim and Aurelie for their great work on making it happen. If you have any questions about my work or the work of other members of our team post it in the comments section below.

All the best!

- Juan Salado, Marine Conservation Manager

Weather Forecast:

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Wind direction: South South Westerly 8mph

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Today's Puffin Fact

Puffins have spines in the roof of their bill to keep their Sandeels in place.