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©Joshua Copping - Les Etacs sunset

Alderney's Wild Places

With an estimated 8,000 years of human habitation, ancient and relatively low-impact farming practices continuing in use all the way up until WWII, Alderney has a ‘cultural landscape’. Very little of the island’s terrestrial habitats are natural and those that are have largely emerged over the last 50+ years. This historic land use, coupled with the islands unique geology, and climate means the island support perhaps as many as 36 distinct habitats ranging from woodland to wetland; scrubland, grassland and heathland; sandy beaches and dunes to rocky shores; shingle banks to rocky seabed.  

The sites the AWT manage for wildlife represent some of the healthiest examples of habitats such as reedbed and heathland in the Channel Islands and are home to many rare species of animals and plants.

Longis reserve across to Raz

©Joshua Copping - Longis reserve and Raz

Our Reserves

Our nature reserves and sites are managed for wildlife, and provide some of the best places to look for the diverse range of species found on or visiting the island. 

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Curlew Sandpiper

© Joshua Copping

Alderney's Wildlife

Find out all about the wildlife you might spot on our reserves and naturally managed sites as well as tips for helping them and ways to get involved. 

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Sea kale and fort in summer

Alderney through the Seasons

Bluebells in spring, seabirds in summer, autumn migrants and wild winter walks - what's your favourite season on the island?

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Coot in rain

© Joy Russell

Alderney Weather Forecast

Plan your visit or day out and check our weather guru's prediction for the day 

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Join us and help protect Alderney's wild spaces

Your membership will support the Trust's vital conservation work across the county, including habitat restoration, species protection and maintaining our nature reserves.