Activities, Walks and Tours

An AWT bat walkBat Walk, Chris Andrews

The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) Team (as seen on BBC's Countryfile, Coast, Little British Isles etc) will be recommencing its summer tours programme. The AWT has been running this eco-tour programme for the last 18 years and the charity now feels able, to restart the programme, as restrictions lessen, for the benefit of Alderney's residents and visitors from the Bailiwick.

Introduction

Please enquire about discounts which are also available through our partners: 

Accommodation - Blonde Hedgehog, Braye Beach Hotel, Georgian House Hotel, Old Tearooms self cateringPipedreamer self cateringLes Pourciaux self cateringRock Bottom self catering,  St. Anne's Guesthouse, Villa Mondria

Travel The Little Ferry and Cycle and Surf (bike hire and clothing).

Every penny raised from our activities goes back into the Alderney Wildlife Trust's and its work protecting Alderney’s Wildlife for the future.

If you want to find out more, you can download the programme.  If you want to make a booking or simply have questions about Alderney and it’s wildlife you can reach us on 01481 82935 or admin@alderneywildlife.org.
  

Seabirds Boat Trip

Wildlife and Heritage Boat Trips Wednesdays and Saturdays 2pm - everything from puffins to Victorian fortifications, with close up access to the Les Etacs gannet colony with almost 6,000 pairs of birds. You will be in the care of one of Alderney’s most experienced skippers and the AWT staff who work within Alderney’s internationally important (Ramsar) wetland site.

Tours are expected to restart on Saturday 27th June, please contact us to book in advance, spaces limited (£25 Adults, £20 children).

Find reviews on these trips on TripAdvisor
 

Bat and hedgehog walks

As the sun sets on the island our expert guide will use bat detectors to search out bats around tow. Most commonly we find common and soprano Pipistrelles - just 3.5" long and with a wingspan of just 9". You will get an insight into the life of bats, how they live and their feeding cycles - bats feed on micro-moths and midges and can eat up to 3000 midges in one night!

Once darkness really falls we will then look for hedgehogs, both brown and Alderney's famous blondes which frequent gardens as they snuffle about the hedgerows looking for insects.
You will also hear all about the latest research the AWT is undertaking to find out more about the populations of these fascinating nocturnal creatures. 
This is a chance to discover the nocturnal world of these amazing animals. An ideal walk for young and old, lasting around 1.5hrs in the town area.

Scheduled Tuesday evening at sunset, with other sessions on request - we can run extra tours for groups of over 4 people. Email admin@alderneywildlife.org, phone 01481 822 935 or pop in to our office on Victoria Street for timings. 

Tuesday nights at dusk from the Wildlife Centre (£6 adults, £4 children)

Tom Marshall - hedgehog in the garden

Kayak and Paddle Board Rental

Available from in front of the Braye Beach Hotel, includes safety equipment, and wildlife guide sheet.  Available all times except during kayak tours, please contact us to book a boat.

Price £25 per two-person Kayak / £20 per single person kayak or paddle board, for a 4hr hire, day hire also available.

Find reviews on these tours on TripAdvisor

Wildlife Kayaking

A paddle out with one of the Alderney Wildlife Trust's specialist marine guides in a kayaks around on of Alderney's bays and the wider coast. Whether it's cruising through the shallows or venturing into caves, the tranquility and peace that can be found when out on the water under your own steam is second to none.

For the weekly Scheduled: please get in touch with admin@alderneywildlife.org, 01481 822 935 or our office on Victoria Street. Normally operating during June/July Saturday mornings at 11am, but please just get in touch to organise other times.

Price for 1.5-2 hr trips: £20 adults, £15 children

 

Wildlife Wlaks, Birds and Bontany

Our walks cover the broad range of Alderney's diverse natural history, everything from gannets to razor bills, peregrines and possibly a puffin or two, or why not focus on seeing the summer wildflowers on the south cliffs. Discover the largest heathland in the Bailiwick with its slow worms and displays of heather.

Fridays 2pm, from the Wildlife Centre on Victoria St. (£6 adults, £4 children), other times by request.

 

Magnificent Moths Experience

A chance to discover the varied beauty of these manly nocturnal insects, with over 800 moths recorded on Alderney and displays of hawkmoths reaching a peak, this is a great early morning activity.

Saturday mornings 9am at Essex Farm, Longis (No Charge).
 

 

Heritage walking tours including Fortification and WWII Anniversary Tours (in conjunction with the Alderney Society)

Alderney’s human history spans more than 8,000 years, from the open-field agriculture, culture of privateering, and the journey to becoming to one of the most heavily fortified islands in the world.

Our tours vary depending on the group and interests but will normally delve into examples of the 18 Victorian forts and batteries built to defend the Braye Breakwater, described as one of the 100 greatest engineering achievements of the Victorian Period by the Royal Institute of Engineers.   Introducing people to the oldest standing inhabited building in the Channel Islands, the Roman fort known as the Nunnery (Nunnery Heritage Site), as well as examples of Tudor, Elizabethan and Napoleonic fortifications and the German Occupation of WWII.

Saturdays 1.30pm, normally starts from outside the Braye Beach Hotel (£6 adults, £4 children), other times by request.  A free tea or coffee is available for those booked on this walk at the start or end at the Braye Beach on presentation of proof of booking.

 

 

If you would like to see a copy of our risk assessments which we have to prepare for our activities, please do not hesitate to ask. Our guides are island residents and specialists in their field, they are friendly faces with a passion for our island, its wildlife and lacking in pretention. We reserve the right to make changes to these offers as necessary to remain in compliance with the Guernsey and Alderney Covid guidance and legislation.

 

Conservation Volunteering

Join Alderney's green gym! Much of the island's most beautiful countryside is kept open to the public by volunteers who meet every week for 2hr sessions to socialise, help care for the island and get a 'green' workout. The work varies weekly from footpath cutting, removing invasive speciesbut the group welcomes visitors to join them for a one off session, be it clearing footpaths or historic sites. (Please contact us for more details)

The volunteers meet every Wednesday and Saturday at 1.45pm at the Wildlife Trust Office, Victoria Street. To find out what they're up to that week email conservation@alderneywildlife.org 

Boat Trip: Burhou Sightseeing

Have you ever wanted to visit the Burhou? Join an AWT guide on a walk around Burhou during the open season (August through to February) and see first hand where the Puffins and Storm Petrels nest. Total trip time approx. 2-2.5hrs, with between 40-60 minutes on Burhou.

Access to the island is by tender so all those undertaking the trip must be able to climb up and down 3ft from an inflatable. Clothes suitable for walking and for getting a bit wet when leaving the boat must be worn.

Please check in the Alderney Wildlife Trust Office, Victoria Street or by emailing admin@adlerneywildlife.org for dates for these trips.

Price: £40 adults, £30 child & 20% discount to AWT members 

 

Guided on Burhou from Living Islands: Live on Vimeo.

 

Book tours with the Alderney Wildlife Trust, 48 Victoria Street or contact us on admin@alderneywildlife.org or 01481 822 935

During the Autumn and Winter the programme is run on a 'request' basis, so if you would like to know more please get in touch
 

Most of the above tours and activities are run by volunteers and all income generated goes towards the work of the Alderney Wildlife Trust.  

 

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