Which species need conserving on Alderney?

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Alderney is home to quite a few species that need our help.

One of these is the puffin - you might have been watching these on puffincam recently. There is a lot of activity on the cameras because the parent birds are bringing fish back to their chicks, which will be fledging in the next few weeks. Puffins are in decline because although there are still colonies around the world with high numbers there are a lot less than there used to be. This is down to a lot of factors, including over fishing (taking the puffin's food source away), disturbance (preventing breeding), invasive mammals (such as rats and even hedgehogs which eat eggs) and oil spills (killing the birds out at sea as they get caught in oil slicks).

In Alderney there were terrible storms in 2014 which caused thousands of seabirds to wash up dead around our coast and the other Channel Islands. After this we are carefully monitoring the puffins to find out what effect the wreck will have on their numbers here. We do this by counting how many burrows were occupied in a season and how many birds are rafting out at sea. Then we can compare the results every year to look for trends and changes.

We will look in details at some of the other species AWT conserves during this week.

By | 2017-07-05T14:02:02+00:00 July 5th, 2017|The Daily Digest, The Daily Digest 2017|0 Comments

About the Author:

Claire Thorpe - AWT
Claire studied biology at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2013. Her main focus became the ecology modules, leading to a dissertation on the effects non-native tree species can have on biodiversity. A year off included volunteering for the Wildlife Trust in the Scilly Isles and teaching English in China. Claire then completed her MSc in Conservation at UCL. Her thesis looked at the policy and objectives surrounding a marine protected area in Jamaica, and research involved interviews with politicians, researchers and community members. Post-graduation Claire worked for a natural health charity as their campaign coordinator, gaining experience in article writing, social media and communications.

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