Click and Play 2july2013

Read by Chloe

The final of our Daily Digest guest posts will come from Roland our Manager. Roland works behind the scenes on all of AWT's projects and was a big factor in creating Living Islands: Live. Roland is the last member of the AWT Team to meet.

- Aurelie Bohan, People and Wildlife Officer

Hello, I’d better get on and introduce myself, I’m Roland Gauvain and for the last 11 years I have been the manager of the Alderney Wildlife Trust.

My job is rather varied, I am responsible for the work of all the other Trust staff, but as most of them understand their jobs a lot better than I do I spend most of my time helping the staff by getting them the resources they need to make their jobs possible.  This means I spend a lot of time fundraising, speaking to the island’s government and generally trying to get as many people as possible to support our work.  How many staff do you think the Trust has (hint all our full time staff have now done a blog)? And can you guess how many people belong to the Trust (are its members), if it helps there are 1,900 people living on Alderney at the moment.

Taking part in a 50km fundraising walk around Alderney

Taking part in a 50 km fundraising walk around Alderney

States of Alderney sitting in session in the Alderney Court House, in front of the members sits the Greffier (in charge of the court) and the Presidents Secretary.

States of Alderney sitting in session in the Alderney Court House, in front of the members sits the Greffier (in charge of the court) and the Presidents Secretary.

Other parts of my job include helping to develop new ways in which our island’s small government, the States of Alderney, and the Trust can work together to look after our small island’s environment.  Some times this means looking after footpaths, other times it might mean starting projects like Vicky’s PhD or Juan’s Marine Survey’s.  Can you tell me how many States Members there are on Alderney (look at the photo above)?

Juan the Trust’s Marine Officer doing a survey to measure the diversity of life on the beach with Melanie

Juan the Trust’s Marine Officer doing a survey to measure the diversity of life on the beach with Melanie

I also have to deal with the bad stuff, like all the birds which were coated in the nasty chemical PIB, not far from Alderney.  To help on this I have worked with The Wildlife Trusts in England helping to make sure people in the Channel Islands and France know what’s going on and trying to get the law changed to protect the birds

But some days I do get to go outside the office and play!  Before Phil took on the post as Reserves Officer this sort of work was a large part of my life.  More recently my outdoor work is spent running events, helping with the Conservation Volunteers and driving the Trust’s boat when Juan is too busy.

Roland out on the tractor

Roland out on the tractor

Taking a family out to in our glass kayaks makes looking at the fishes much easier

Taking a family out to in our glass kayaks makes looking at the fishes much easier

I am very lucky to be able to live and work on Alderney and even luckier to do it with my wife Caroline, (who runs our shop) and our 2 Children Poppy (3½ ) and Theo (1½) and our dog Ballou.  There can be few places in Britain where you can work in a place with your whole family around you, though Tim and Aurelie often find they have one of the children playing in their laps when they're preparing their blog.

Roland with his family having a walk on the beach

Roland with his family having a walk on the beach

Weather Forecast:

weather-symbolWednesday 3rd July

Max 15 degrees / Min 14 degrees

Wind direction: Westerly 20mph

Description: Sunny Intervals

Today's Puffin Fact

A male Puffin is slightly larger than a female Puffin, but it is very difficult to see the difference.