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.