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					        Alderney Wildlife
                                    Issue 30
                                    Spring / Summer 2011




£2.00     Protecting Alderney’s Wildlife for the Future
                                     Contents                                                                                                        Manager’s Report
                                      3     Manager’s Report                                                               This year has been a pleasing one for the Trust. The trees planted last winter as part
                                      4     News and Views                                                                 of the Community Woodland project, with much valued help from the Guernsey Conser-
         President                    6     Swallers!                                                                      vation Volunteers, are doing well in spite of a dry spring, the Wildlife Trust Week was
       Charles Michel                 7     Dawn Chorus Day                                                                a great success and closed with a lively AGM in the open air and Wildlife Watch, our
                                      8     Landing on Les Etacs & Gannet Tracking Pilot Study                             junior section, is brimming with young naturalists.
                                      9
          Directors
                                            Shark Egg Hunt                                                                 Yet in enjoying the local scene we should not shut our eyes to the wider picture and to
        Brian Bonnard
       Lynn Hare-Riley                10    Wildlife Week                                                                  the way that climate change, warming seas and major issues of other kinds will inevita-
          David Hart                  12    Varied Alderney                                                                bly affect even this little island.
                                      13
         David Storer
                                            Alderney Stones                                                                For example, changes in the EU Common Fisheries Policy could have a huge impact
        Robin Whicker
                                      14    Insects & Quiz No. 7                                                           on our seabird colonies, while the development of large Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
       Hon. Treasurer                 16    Watch                                                                          in nearby French and English waters may well lead to the displacement of other coun-
                                      18
         Ken Baker
                                            Alderney Wildlife Trust Interview                                              tries’ fisheries into the lesser protected Channel Island seas, a topic of major discussion
            Staff                     19    Quiz answers & Accounts                                                        in Jersey and Guernsey. Again, in the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened
      Roland Gauvain                  20    Calendar                                                                       Species, of the c.60,000 species assessed a staggering 19,265 are currently threatened
          Manager
                                                                                                                           with extinction, a rise of over 900 species since the list was last issued. As we see local
       Lindsay Pyne
       Hon. Secretary              AWT BUSINESS MEMBERS                                                                    plants becoming extinct in Alderney, these alarming figures have true meaning for our
     Elizabeth Morgan                                                                                                      own little patch.
       Trust Ecologist             Alderney Angling Mark Harding, 32 Victoria Street, St Anne, Alderney                    The Trust has always tried to look at the broader picture but over the last few months
        Chris Tozer                Alderney Gravel Co Ltd TA Blanchards P.0. Box 51,
      Reserves Officer             Alderney, GY9 3BH                                                                       it has been increasingly important for us to engage in this wider arena. We have been
                                   Alderney Printers Ltd Mr Norman Butel & Mr Peter Annereau,
       Julia Henney
                                   GY9 3UL
                                                                                                                           working hard to improve contacts with the French MPA Authority to investigate the
    Conservation Officer           Alderney Shipping Limited Bruno Kay-Mouat, White Rock, St. Peter Port,                  implications of new National Nature Park designations only 30 miles from this island,
      Elizabeth White              Guernsey, GY1 2LN
     Assistant Ecologist           Anthony Le Blanc & Partners Ltd, Val Longis, Alderney                                   we have been establishing wider contacts on woodland development and management
        Juan Salado                Belle Vue Hotel P.O. Box 100, The Butes, St Anne, Alderney, GY9 3UN                     both within the Channel Islands and on the mainland and we are taking part in key UK
       Marine Officer              Boardmans Pharmacy & Perfumery Mr & Mrs Paul Durston,
                                   38 Victoria Street, Alderney, GY9 3TA                                                   conferences working on the Trust’s Living Seas programme.
    Melanie Broadhurst
    Consultant Ecologist
                                   Braye Beach Hotel Richard Proctor, Braye Street, Alderney, GY9 3XT
                                   Buisness Mangagement & Consultants Ltd Mr Charlie Worsley
                                                                                                                           So, whilst concentrating on making sure the grass is always greener in Alderney, please
                                   Trevieres, Rue de I’Aitte, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY7 9BP                              help us to keep an eye on that no so very distant horizon.
Editors                            Farm Court Moira Sleeman, St Anne, Alderney, GY9 3UY
                                   Hamon Architects Mr D J Hamon, 7 Martyn House, QE11 Street,
David Wedd
                                   Alderney, GY9 3TB
Robin Whicker                      Home & Garden Services Mr & Mrs Francis Short, 9 Clos Carre,
Front Cover Image                  St. Anne, Alderney, GY9 3XP
Tagging Gannets at Les Etacs,      Kiln Farm Mike & Clare Cox, Kiln Farm, Longis Road, Alderney
by Bill Black                      L’Haras Guest House Mrs N Jarman, L’Haras, Newtown Road, Alderney, GY9
Librarian                          3XP
                                   Phoenix Contract Hire Jan & Sid Boughton-Leigh, Noir Houmet, Platte Saline,
Elizabeth Gauvain                  Alderney, GY9 3YA
Graphic Design                     Ronez Rugby Property (Guernsey) Ltd David Storer, Brayemar, Braye Road,
Amy-Louise Richards                Alderney, GY9 3XL
Photographers                      Ronez Limited Peter Degaris, Lez Vardes Quarry, St Sampsons, Guernsey, GY2 4TF
Jane Aireton, Bill Black, Roland   St Anne’s Guest House Miss Ingrid Murdoch, 10 Le Huret, Alderney, GY9 3TR
Gauvain, Elizabeth Morgan,
Lindsay Pyne, Henry Rowe,             Alderney Wildlife Trust, 51 Victoria Street, St Anne, Alderney, GY9 3TA
                                     Tel 01481 822935 Email info@alderneywildlife.org Web www.alderneywildlife.org
Chris Tozer, David Wedd
                                              Design & Production Amy-Louise Richards 07793386457 alr.richards@gmail.com                               Protecting Alderney’s Wildlife for the future 3
  News & Views                                                                                                   Wednesday 1st June was rock-pooling in Clonque Bay, with marine expert Chris identifying a remarkable
                                                                                                                 range of sea creatures. On Thursday 2nd a spectacular night walk took in small mammal traps, moth traps,
                                                                                                                 owls, bats galore and a blonde hedgehog, and included ‘half-time’ refreshments at a renovated bunker on the
Four times a year this small magazine tries to depict the varied activities of AWT and also to showcase the      site of the new Community Woodland. On Friday 3rd it was back to the new trees again, for a fun day at Les
beauty of our island and the variety of wildlife we have here. Because we are volunteers the magazine            Rochers, and on the morning of Saturday 4th June there was a survival class in harvesting the island’s natu-
often appears late, but most people accept that we run on ‘Alderney time’ anyway, indeed a popular sales         ral resources, followed in the afternoon by a well-planned AGM, held out of doors at the Trust’s headquarters
item in the island is a clock that says ‘One-ish, Two-ish, Three-ish’ etc. So we are sorry that this number is   at Essex Farm, after which the Week came to an end with a much-appreciated barbecue, with delicious local-
late again – but not very!                                                                                       ly-sourced food, including much that had been found that morning, enjoyed by both residents and visitors.

All seasons in Alderney are beautiful in their different ways, but late spring and early summer take a lot of    Of the countless other activities undertaken by the Trust, many have had a sound scientific base, such as
beating. The weather in April, May and June this year was fabulous, with day after day of sunshine, and an       Julia’s and Lizzie’s monitoring of the new woodland at Les Rochers, while studies of the puffin, gull and
occasional night-time thunderstorm ensuring that ponds and reservoirs stayed full. The island’s wild flowers     storm petrel populations on Burhou, led by Liz, Lynn and Nicolette have taken up many hours of hard work.
have been unbelievable and ‘Bloomin’ Alderney’, the week in which private gardens were opened to the             PuffinCam is under way again, and funds have been raised, so we are looking forward to new cameras
public, was again very successful and much appreciated by visitors and residents alike. A popular sight has      showing puffins inside their burrows and storm petrels returning to their nests at night. Pages 8 and 9 give
been the Bee Field, practical and beautiful at the same time. Page 13 chronicles part of a trek by St Anne’s     an account of the hazardous gannet-tagging at Les Etacs.
Year 6 pupils around the sequence of eleven ‘stones’ famed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has recently set up
in scenic spots all round the island.                                                                            The Conservation Volunteers have, as always, worked incredibly hard to keep the island looking good but
                                                                                                                 also safe. Without them, footpaths would be overgrown, steps would collapse, reeds and weeds would choke
This year’s Wildlife Week must be the most                                                                       the ponds. Other volunteers look after the administration, and for the first time we are showing AWT’s ac-
successful of the ten held since AWT was                                                                         counts in this magazine. All these jobs are vital and we owe the volunteers huge thanks. Likewise the efforts
founded. All the events were well attended                                                                       of the States to follow a careful pattern of correct mowing has meant that Braye and Platte Saline commons
and deserve a full report, but News and Views                                                                    have looked wonderful this year, and still do, as this goes to press. We are indeed grateful.
only has space to list them briefly. Saturday
28th May began with the Watch youngsters                                                                         The Watch youngsters continue to be enthusiastic and energetic. Not only are they involved in almost all the
showing people round the light traps they                                                                        Trust’s activities, they are also beginning to devise their own events, and many adults are starting to realise
operate very successfully under the Garden                                                                       what a mature contribution Watch is making. It is pleasing that they are now beginning to make an impact in
Moth Scheme. In the afternoon a forage                                                                           magazines and websites in UK, as well as in our own magazine.
group went out to harvest the island’s natural
resources, which contributed to a very suc-                                                                      A final message for our readers: if you have not already done so, we hope you will visit the Trust’s own web-
cessful ‘Wild Food Night’ that evening at the                                                                    site: www.alderneywildlife.org. It has a lot of information and some fabulous ‘gallery’ pictures. It also has a
Georgian House Hotel, with special guest Da-                                                                     newsletter, which is written every Monday and endeavours to give an up-to-date account of what the Trust is
vid Lindo, the Urban Birder. On Sunday 29th                                                                      doing. Try it and see.              DW
David led the first day-long Channel Islands’
Bird Race, with some good lists compiled.
Monday 30th featured a very successful cliff-
top walk taking in birds, flowers and insects
in the Zigzag and Trois Vaux areas and on
Tuesday 31st it was the turn of the Watch
children again, supervised by Jane Aireton,
as they showed visitors the remarkable work
they have done recently on bee-keeping. Dur-
ing the opening days Roland also managed to
fit in two round-the-island bird-spotting trips in
the Trust’s RIB, Sunrise.
                                                                                                                  Unspoilt Platte Saline                                   Bee Field
                                                     Bee Spacemen

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   SWALLERS!                                                                                                                                                                        Dawn Chorus Day
‘Swallers!’ – that’s how my Mum used to say it….
Robin has asked me to follow my piece about ducks by                                                                                                                                 International Dawn Chorus Day is held annually
thinking about swallows. It is no chore.                                                                                                                                             on the first Sunday in May, a day devoted to the
                                                                                                                                                                                     appreciation of bird song. Around the globe peo-
Spring brandishes her colours... violets, daffodils,                                                                                                                                 ple are encouraged to get up early and make the
primroses and eventually wonderful bluebells. Such an                                                                                                                                effort to listen to the amazing sounds of the dawn
onslaught means I cannot miss her gorgeous dress.                                                                                                                                    chorus. Many organisations across the world run
Yet, although I notice all this I do not quite ‘feel’ it.                                                                                                                            special dawn chorus events and Alderney is no
Flowers plant themselves right there before me, fishing                                                                                                                              exception! Eleven people got up at 5am on 2nd
for compliments. But I am a ‘birder’ and I need more for ‘my’ Spring. I need the swallows and that’s not so                                                                          May and joined the AWT team to experience the
easy is it? Maybe I just like life to be hard!                                                                                                                                       sights and sounds of dawn over Alderney.
                                                                                                                                                                                     The weather was slightly breezy but the birds did
Chatting to people highlights the difficulties they experience in identifying these wonderful dramatic sky                                                                           not disappoint us! We heard a total of 20 species
dancers.                                                                                                                                                                             including song thrush, chiffchaff, robins and
‘Is that a swift?’                                                                                                                                                                   wrens as we walked along Water Lane, across
‘They’re house martins aren’t they?’                                                                                                                                                 the Alderney community woodland and down
‘How do you tell?’                                                                                                                                                                   Barrack Master’s Lane to Essex farm, where a
I admit it’s tricky and, heaven forbid that I lob sand martins into the mix too! We have swallows in Alderney.                                                                       huge full English breakfast was waiting for us. A
They hang around after their late March arrival and some nest in the bunkers. In the UK and Europe they                                                                              few of the more energetic folk opted to climb Es-
use barns, porches, lych-gates, carports, anything with open access. They chatter and squeal as they zoom                                                                            sex hill on the way back to the farm. It was well
around, riotous, happy creatures with a degree in aerobatics. House martins are smaller and you see a flash                                                                          worth the effort as we were rewarded with the
of white as they fly by. The white’s on their rump, the rest of the bird is navy blue. They twitter as they flitter                                                                  sound of a Dartford warbler calling in the gorse.
like big fast noisy butterflies. We have a few pairs & they nested at Brickfields last year. Go to see them.                                                                         These tiny secretive birds are quite scarce in the
Let them enchant you too. So what of the Swifts? Well, in Alderney you will only see these amazing birds                                                                             UK and are restricted to heathlands on the south
as they pass by us in May and slide back through in July. None breed. This is the bird that screams around                                                                           and south eastern edges of England. Unlike
French villages like ill-disciplined Reception children. In England they prefer big cities. You’ll know if they’re    Dartford Warbler                                             many warbler species which spend the winter
about! They are the largest of the three, blue-black and stiff-winged; fast flying squadrons of letter ‘Cs’; and I     in warmer climes the Dartfords stay in Alderney throughout the colder months. We had around 9-10 pairs
adore them. All three species are in my birdwatcher’s “top ten”. It’s the 21st March as I write – the official         breeding on the Island last year and hopefully this is the first sign that many of them made it through the
start of Spring - and 3 swallows have just swept joyfully north over my studio! So, “Thankyou Robin”, it was           cold winter and will be raising a family this year. LM
a real pleasure to give them some time.

Alastair Riley     www.alastair-riley.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                         





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                            Landing on Les Etacs!                                                                                                                                                                Flight of 3 Gannets

At the beginning of June I was lucky enough to make an
intrepid journey to Les Etacs to help former AWT ecologist
Louise Soanes and BTO scientist Phil Atkinson attach data
loggers to the Gannets. The tagging project is part of a pilot
study to see where our Gannets are feeding. Our journey to
the rock began with Roland rowing us out in the tender, then
we made a bold leap onto the rock before beginning the climb
up to the heart of the colony. Gannets are huge birds with a
wingspan of almost two metres; they also have razor-sharp
pointed beaks and a bad attitude. To avoid an angry beak to
the eye we all wore safety goggles and hard hats!
Once you get high enough the smell really hits you. If you
stand at the Guns when a westerly wind is blowing you may get a mild whiff of what it was like. What I found
most shocking was the amount of fishing line and twine the birds are using to build their nests. Sadly we did
find a few dead birds tangled in the lines, but luckily we also managed to untangle a couple of adults and a                                                                                                 


few chicks which already had netting wrapped around them. Initially, as we moved through the colony, the
birds were scared off their nests but once we stood still for a few minutes they would come back, landing
literally at our feet! Phil was in charge of catching the adult birds while Louise attached the loggers to their
                                                                                                                                                        Shark Egg Hunt
tail feathers using strong tape. We managed to deploy 23 tags during our first visit. The way the loggers
are designed means we have to retrieve them in order find out where they had been, so two days later we                The Alderney Wildlife Trust once again organised their Shark Egg Hunt on Easter Monday down on Braye
returned to the rock to retrieve the loggers. Getting them back was a little more challenging as the tagged            Beach. It was an unusually hot and sunny April day which resulted in a record number of people participat-
birds were warier of us, though the others around them seemed to have become more stubborn, staying on                 ing in the event.
their nests and biting our legs as we passed them. As far as we can tell all of the loggers stayed on the birds        The hunters searched the beach for shark, skate and ray egg cases in addition to the many chocolate
and were removed easily by removing the tape. We managed to get 17 of the tags back, a success rate of                 eggs that had been hidden. Egg cases from thornback, small-eyed and blonde rays were found as well as
over 70%, which we were quite pleased with. Hopefully we will be able to get out again soon to retrieve the            dogfish and spotted catfish egg cases, along with some slightly melted chocolate eggs.
last 6. LM                                                                                                             The results have since been sent to the Shark Trust’s database and will be used to give us a better idea
                                                                                                                       about the locations and abundance of offshore nursery grounds and ways to protect them.
     Gannet Tracking Pilot Study                                                                                       Over the past few decades
                                                                                                                       several species of skate and
A recent pilot project conducted by the University of Liverpool, with the support of The British Trust for Ornithol-   ray around the British coast
ogy, the Alderney Wildlife Trust and funded by the Alderney Commission for Renewable Energy attached GPS               have dramatically declined
data loggers to 23 gannets breeding on Les Etacs, Alderney.                                                            in numbers. The empty
Within six days 17 loggers had been retrieved, revealing the locations of 34 foraging trips. Interestingly individu-   egg cases that wash up on
als seemed to specialise their feeding in different areas with some flying to the South Coast of England, some         our beaches all year round
southwards to Jersey and others towards Le Havre on the French coast.                                                  are an easily accessible
Amazingly on one occasion a gannet made a 340 km round trip, and several gannets made two trips to the                 source of information on the
South Coast of England within 72 hours. Preliminary analysis suggests that Alderney’s gannets make longer              locations of skate and ray
foraging trips than gannets breeding at UK colonies but are comparable to the distances travelled by their clos-       nurseries. Identifying these
est neighbours breeding on Les Sept Iles, Brittany.                                                                    areas enables the Shark
Alderney supports a breeding population of 7500 pairs of Northern gannets, the largest concentrated population         Trust to propose conserva-
of seabirds in the Channel Islands. This pilot study has revealed some potentially important foraging areas of         tion measures in order to
this population, which with further analysis and data collection could be related to commercial fisheries in the       reverse the decline of skates
area and to the development of wind and tidal renewable energy projects not just in the Channel Islands, but           and rays. LM
also to future offshore marine developments in Northern France and the South Coast of England. LS
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Moth trap at Blaye   Cliff walk at Les Etacs   Jack’s monster spider     Liz spots a marsh harrier




Filling honey pots   The indoor hive           Rock-pooling at Clonque   Baby lobster




Large crab           Bat walk                  Barbecue!                 Bouncy Castle


WILDLIFE WEEK
       Varied Alderney        Alderney Stones




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  Insects, Spring 2011
After a disappointing winter, in late spring insect recording moved up a gear and returned to what we expect from Alder-
ney. March saw large tortoiseshell butterflies on 22nd and 28th, both at Mannez, while on 25th the first of five blossom
underwing moths appeared. The year’s first eastern nycteoline came to light on 29th, and with others in April and early
June, our island is believed to have recorded more specimens of this very rare moth than the rest of the British Isles put
together. The most surprising spring record, however, was the capture of a small specimen of splendid brocade on 18th
March.This new colonist is becoming increasingly common in Alderney but is usually on the wing from late May to July.

On 22nd April Henry recorded the year’s first swallowtail butterfly at Clonque, and on 24th Alderney’s first ever record of
scalloped hook-tip moth came to light in the Valley, a female which laid several eggs (and a moth has already emerged                                                                                    Oak Hook-tip
from the next generation, on 18th June). A May highflyer in the same trap on 24th April was followed by seven more of
this uncommon species in the next few weeks.

On 7th May our first ever oak hook-tip came to Jack’s light at Blaye Cottage. Later in the month there was a mass                     Ruby-tail Wasps
emergence of dragonflies at Corblets, where the newly designated fishing lake, with its reed bed alongside the quarry,
has produced ideal conditions. Common blue, azure and large red damselflies were seen in unprecedented numbers, to-
gether with the first 4-spotted chaser for several years and, along with numerous emperor dragonflies, a probable vagrant
emperor Hemianax ephippiger. Unfortunately this distinctive insect was only seen once, and was not photographed, so
it cannot go down as the first Channel Islands record. It did appear, however, at a time of much migrant activity, when
several vagrant emperors were seen in southern England. Also in May large numbers of the ruby-tailed wasp appeared
in the lighthouse area. This is not a rare insect here, but it was quite an experience to see dozens of these beautiful
wasps scuttling over the rocks.

North-westerly winds in early June brought an influx of Rannoch loopers. This is the third successive year that these                 Eastern Nycteoline                                                 Scalloped Hook-tip
strange moorland moths have reached the Channel Islands and they are now believed to have originated in Holland,

                                                                                                                                 WILDLIFE QUIZ NO 7
a country the species has recently colonised. We had no fewer than 32 to light between 4th and 11th June, with an
astonishing 20 on the night of 6th. This early June period also saw the arrival of uncommon Alderney rosy marbled, lilac
beauty (2) and the year’s first Epischnia bankesiella, a very local moth which is limited in distribution by the rarity of its   Twenty Questions - Do you know the answers?!
larval foodplant, golden samphire.
                                                                                                                                 We hope you enjoyed the Winter number (29) of ‘Alderney Wildlife’. You may notice that some
                                                                                                                                 of this quiz was inspired by articles or photographs in that issue and this current one.
Thanks to David, Henry, Jack and Liam for helping out with the Garden Moth Scheme. The new Provisional Atlas of the              1       Which hawkmoth is shown on the Alderney 45p stamp?
UK’s Larger Moths shows the importance of Alderney to this recording work. Thanks also to Bill for his photography, and          2.      In which month do the gannets usually return to Alderney?                                      Picture A
for his help to Henry in this field (see Henry’s astonishing shot of a humming-bird hawk-moth) and to Lindsay and the            3.      In connection with wildlife watching, what is ‘jizz’?
team of Butterfly Transect recorders. DW                                                                                         4.      How do waxwings (Bombycilla garrulous) get their English name?
                                                                                                                                 5.      PICTURE A What is this device used for?
                                                                                                                                 6.      What predatory mammals are a particular threat to songbirds?
                                                                                                                                 7.      At what time of year is there likely to be most clear water on Longis pond?
                                                                                                                                 8.      What kind of newt is found in Alderney ponds?
                                                                                                                                 9.      Is Graphosoma lineatum a plant, a bird or an insect?
                                                                                                                                 10. PICTURE B What is this creature and where might you find it?
                                                                                                                                 11. Where might you find a southern hawker nymph?                                                      Picture B
                                                                                                                                 12. Pittosporum crassifolium (Karo) has grey-green fruit but what colour are its flowers?
                                                                                                                                 13. What is the popular name for the egg cases of dogfish and ray?
                                                                                                                                 14. In what way is Alderney ‘cuniculous?
                                                                                                                                 15. PICTURE C Where might you find this machine – and does it work?!
                                                                                                                                 16. ‘On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me four colly birds’; what are colly birds?
                                                                                                                                 17. The collective noun for the peewit is ‘deceit’; why?
                                                                                                                                 18. What common British butterfly is known in Scotland as the de’il’s butterfly?
                                                                                                                                 19. Dulse (Rhodymenia palmate) is a common red seaweed often found attached to                         Picture C
    Hummingbird Hawk-moth                                         Large Red Damsel-fly                                                    the stems of oarweed (Lami naria); in what ways has it proved useful to humans?
                                                                                                                                 20. Finally, what on earth is Gadus callerias?

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   WATCH                                                                                                                                                            Bees
                                                                                                                                             A buzz of excitement               The flowers I made
                                                                                                                                            Around Fraggle Rock:             Were colourful and bright,
Watch has maintained its busy start to the year, and the group have tackled a varied programme with great
                                                                                                                                            To find out about bees         And the facts that we shared
enthusiasm. In an island as small as Alderney, the Watch members are bound to have a lot on their plates,                                   They all came to flock.          We knew they were right.
with week-ends incredibly busy and youngsters occupied with sport, scrambling, the band, drama, scouts and                                Watch children (the workers)            Lilly and Niamh
brownies, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – the list is endless. But they seem to be inexhaustible!                                              Mrs Aireton (queen bee,)        Small pompoms they made,
                                                                                                                                            The old and the young          The flapping bee from school
In the winter the main concerns were pond-dipping and rescuing the island from browntail caterpillars. In the                              All swarmed in to see….          Was beautifully displayed.
spring these activities have continued, but in addition there has been lots of rock-pooling, bee-keeping, bat-                                                                 The eager onlookers
detecting, moth-trapping… In the recent Wildlife Week the Watch group were largely responsible for two events                             We showed them the smoker           Were all keen to hear
(the Moth Hunt and the Bee Morning) and many of them joined in a lot of other activities. They are becoming an                              And the paper clip bee,            What we had to say
                                                                                                                                         Gave them small pots of honey      And we lessened their fear.
effective team with some skilful all-round naturalists, an efficient organiser, a bat-detecting star, several promis-
                                                                                                                                             And seeds all for free.
ing bee-keepers, a couple of classy photographers – and a reporter of real talent, a sample of whose work                                     The observation hive              Bees sweet as honey
appears in these pages. There are lots of other members who join in all activities and whose enthusiasm                                         Was a bit of a hit                 Are really a must
is essential to Watch. DW                                                                                                                 And so were Jack and Henry           On our island and world
                                                                                                                                            In their bee-keeping kit.           So give us your trust.
The Nocturnal Food Chain Walk                           ROCKING ROCK-POOLING                                                                The noise was stinging              We want you to know
                                                                                                                                              The bees were loud,           That we’ve learnt such a lot –
We started and ended with moths, a treat!                                                                                                  We had an expert on hand           Bees are really important
                                                        Watch have once again got together with their old pals,
but for the bats it was time to eat.                                                                                                       And of him we were proud.     Let’s not lose what we’ve got. DE
                                                        the crabs and the fish. On Thursday 14th April a big group
With bat detectors and snugly hats                      came down to Longis car park with nets and buckets for
we looked for different types of bats.                  a fun-packed morning on the beach. There were lots of
Roland talked about what bats eat                       children and quite a few adults. Once everyone was there
while behind him we had an extra treat:                 we all walked down the slipway and onto the rocks right
a buzzard was soaring in the sky                        in front.
and above our heads the swifts were high.
                                                        Some people were hoping to find rare species, others
Up Barrack Master’s Lane we walk,                       were collecting shellfish or prawns, or trying to catch little
all expectant, waiting for a squawk:                    fish, but everyone wanted to find something – and all were
instead a little noise, a squeak                        pleased with their finds. We found a very large range of
from the long-eared owls – I had a peek                 crabs, green, hairy, velvet, edible, but none of them big
into the bunker: biscuits and tea                       enough to eat. Chris Tozer from the AWT inspired us with
but that was not the highlight for me                                                                                    Bat detecting                                      Brown-tail rescue
                                                        his great knowledge of the shoreline – he was inspirational
for the swallows in their corner nest                   to adults and children alike.
were pretty, but thought we were a pest!                  Now we are all looking forward to Easter, with the Great
The woodmouse was cute, I have to say,
                                                        Beach Egg Hunt that is being planned! DE
caught in a mammal trap, but not by day!
Over the golf course on the way home
the best treat yet – out for a roam
a little blonde hedgehog, found by Jack,
had its photo taken by all the pack.

We returned to the farm and a final look
at the moth trap; David does not need a book!
“Some beauties there were,” the visitors said.
I was tired by then so I went to bed!
DE                                                                                                                       Tiger Moths                                       Bee workshop
 The Alderney Wildlife Trust Interview                                                                                             ANSWERS TO WILDLIFE QUIZ NO 7
 No 18. Caroline and Poppy Gauvain talk to Robin Whicker                                                               1.
                                                                                                                       2.
                                                                                                                               The hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) appears on the Alderney 45p stamp.
                                                                                                                               The gannets usually return to Alderney in February.
Since Poppy is still too young to speak for               Yes, I very much enjoy sourcing, sorting and                 3.      Jizz is a word for those characteristics that subtly distinguish one species from another.
herself, let me start by asking you, Caroline; what       displaying the stock and get a real buzz when                4.      Waxwings get their English name from the wax-like red tips to their covert quills.
                                                                                                                       5.      PICTURE ANSWER It is a gannet tag (see the article in this magazine).
first brought you to Alderney?                            people buy it! I’m always looking for new lines and
                                                                                                                       6.      Rats and domestic cats are a particular threat to songbirds/
I came over to visit my parents when they moved           new ideas, so if you publish this, do encourage
                                                                                                                       7.      April is the month when there is likely to be most clear water on Longis pond.
here in 2004, though they have since returned to          people to offer suggestions.                                 8.      The newt to be found in many Alderney ponds is the palmate newt (Triturus helveticus).
Yorkshire. I first met Roland on the Trust’s Boxing                                                                    9.      Graphosoma lineatum is a black and orange striped shield bug, new to Alderney and unknown in UK.
Day Walk in 2005 and the rest, as they say, is history.   And all your work is entirely voluntary. What else           10.     PICTURE ANSWER It is a bee mite.
                                                          do you find yourself doing for the Trust?                    11.     You might find a southern hawker nymph in a large pond as it is the immature form of the southern
You married the man and you seem to have                  I began doing the graphic design for the magazine                  hawker dragonfly (Aeshna cyanea).
married the Trust as well. Have you always been           when Roland needed someone to take over from                 12.     Pittosporum crassifolium (or Karo, found for example in the Memorial Garden) has dark reddish purple
interested in wildlife?                                   Mandy Hart. Unfortunately I’m increasingly busy and                flowers.
                                                                                                                       13.     The egg cases of dogfish and ray are commonly known as mermaids’ purses.
Well, I was brought up in Yorkshire and my parents        with another baby on the way I have just handed that
                                                                                                                       14.     Alderney is cuniculous because it is full of rabbits!
taught me to recognise trees,                                                       job on to Amy-Louise               15.     PICTURE ANSWER This is a bird trap in Henry’s garden. It doesn’t usually work!.
plants, birds. I’ve always enjoyed                                                   Richards, but I still update      16.     ‘Colly birds’ are blackbirds (c.f collier, cole tit,etc.)
the beauty of the countryside.                                                       the website, make key rings       17.     The peewit (Vanellus vanellus) will sometimes feign a broken wing to draw predators from its nest;
                                                                                     and fridge magnets for the               hence its other name, lapwing, and the collective noun ‘deceit’.
But you didn’t study Natural                                                         shop, do the posters and so       18.     The small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is sometimes known in Scotland as the de’il’s butterfly; can any
History?                                                                             on. I’ve just finished putting           one tell us why?
No, I studied for a degree in jewel-                                                 together the Alderney Wild-       19.     Dulse is edible and its red colour, soluble in fresh water, was used as a cosmetic by the Romans.
lery and ceramics at York, got a                                                     life Calendar for 2012. It all    20.     Gadus callerias is more often found in water than on earth, as it is the common cod - and therefore
                                                                                                                             entirely appropriate to this final question!
first and then a job in Brighton                                                     helps to make Roland’s life
designing jewellery. I did a year in                                                 easier and in his crowded                                                     

Web design, which has proved to                                                      life it is important that he is     Accounts Summary
be very useful both in my own work                                                   able to spend some time                               Income
and in what I can do for the Trust,                                                  with his family!
                                                                                                                                           Bank Interest                   120
and then went on to design jewel-
                                                                                                                                           Functions                     4,124
lery for a midlands manufacturer                                                      What aspects of the                                  Goods & Services             37,906
supplying high street retail outlets.                                                 Trust are you particularly                           Grants                       23,467
In the first couple of years after I                                                  pleased with?
                                                                                                                                           Legacies                         16
                                                                                                                                           Membership                    9,447
married I used to go back from time                                                 I’m very proud that all the                            Premises                     14,022
to time for my jewellery work but nowadays                support Roland gets is entirely voluntary. The brilliant                         Donations                    16,804
 with Poppy I do it all online.                           people who staff the organisation have to find jobs                                                          105,906
                                                          outside to maintain themselves as well as doing their 

I know you enjoy walking – and that Poppy par-            40 hours a week for the Trust. Lindsay is astonishing
ticularly enjoys riding in her father’s backpack!         and there are so many others who give their time and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Expenditure
Which is your favourite part of the island?               energy to make the Trust a success. I don’t think the
Oh, Longis Bay! I love the great emptiness of it,         public realises that none of these people are paid. I                                                                         Goods & Services              24,874
especially in winter when there’s nobody else about.      think we must do more to inform the public, to increase                                                                       Administration                 9,049
Poppy and I go down there most days. Alderney is a        our membership and to encourage this volunteer spirit.                                                                        Publications                   2,152
                                                                                                                                                                                        Premises                      23,069
wonderful place to live and bring up children.            Will you ask your readers to spread the word?                                                                                 Staff                         38,853
                                                                                                                                                                                        Vehicles & Equipment           7,850
After your marriage you took over the Wildlife            At this point, Poppy declared her emphatic                                                                                    Depreciation                   6,252
shop; does that give you a kick?                          agreement!                                                                                                                                                112,098

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Dates for your Diary
July 30th – August 7th Alderney Week

August 27th- 29th Alderney Wildlife Festival

September 30th- October 2nd Channel
Islands’ Moth Nights

November 21st-27th Woodland Week
(includes planting 5,000 trees)


REGULAR EVENTS

Bat Walks, usually Thursday evenings, starting from the AWT shop: ‘phone
822935 to check details

Countryside Walks, most Fridays, starting from the shop, 2.30- 4.00 pm:
‘phone 822935 to check details

Watch Group, moth trap examination, Saturday mornings 8.00- 9.30. Other
events, most week-ends depending on weather etc: ‘phone 822673, 823780
or 822443 to check details.
                                       Protecting Alderney’s Wildlife for the Future
                      Alderney Wildlife Trust, 51 Victoria Street, St Anne, Alderney, GY9 3TA
                                         Tel: 01481 822935 Email: info@alderneywildlife.org
                                                               www.alderneywildlife.org

				
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