A rich sweep of stunning coastline, rich grasslands, ponds and hidden quarries, Longis is the island's largest protected area.
Alderney has 3 designated conservation areas, the Longis and Vau du Saou nature reserves, as well as a designated Ramsar site. These sites are managed by the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) on behalf of their owners, both private and the States of Alderney, in order to ensure their long term protection for the benefit of the wildlife that inhabits them.
Alderney's reserves differ dramatically and therefore require very different conservation techniques. The job of caring for Alderney's terrestrial reserves is that of the AWT's Reserves Officer, Conservation Officer and the Conservation Volunteers, whilst the Ramsar site is managed by the Ramsar Officer.
It is important for those living on Alderney to remember that the island is part of something much bigger. Collectively The Wildlife Trusts (47 member Trusts) now manage 2,300 nature reserves, including the Longis and Vau du Saou Reserves on Alderney. These sites include a range of habitats - bogs, moors, mountains, ancient woodlands, wildflower meadows, heaths, urban nature parks, caves, lakes, islands, beaches, cliffs and disused quarries.