It is not just on Burhou where the AWT team monitor seabirds. Alderney itself has a number of species that are of great interest, such as the Fulmar (which will be monitored for chicks in June and July).
On Thursday 11th April monitoring work began on Alderney for two species. The first was the Ringed Plover. These small waders have a small population on Platte Saline where nests may be found in the coming couple of weeks. On the 11th April 5 individuals were spotted and we hope they will begin to lay some eggs very soon.
The second species monitored was the Gannet. With almost 5,800 pairs nesting on Les Etacs (and a further 2,000 pairs on Ortac), the Gannet has the largest seabird population on Alderney or its surrounding islets. Throughout the season the AWT team will go to the cliffs on the West coast of Alderney once a week and use scopes to watch the Gannets on Les Etacs, counting their eggs and watching their chicks grow up.
Today's Puffin Fact
Puffins courtship behaviour includes ‘billing’. This is when the pair of Puffins will rub their bills against each other.