Vau du Saou Reserve

vau du saou

©Joshua Copping - Vau du Saou over Coque Lihou

Vau du Saou bridge

©Joshua Copping - Vau du Saou bridge 

Bluebell wood

©Katrina Martin/2020VISION - Bluebells

A compact coastal site, running from rocky shoreline, to cliff-top valley and on to historic farmland. At its heart rests the Wildlife Bunker, a wildlife and historical interpretation centre.

Location

Vau du Saou, Alderney
A static map of Vau du Saou Reserve

Know before you go

Size
7 hectares

Entry fee

No fee

Parking information

Parking by the Standing Stone or off Chemin du Meunier

Access

This reserve is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility

Dogs

Under effective control

Facilities

Visitor centre
Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Always open

Best time to visit

March - November

About the reserve

Vau du Saou is the island's only coastal woodland valley. The reserve consists of coastal clifftop wooded valley habitats and also has areas of heather and scrubland across its seven hectares.

The Vau du Saou nature reserve was designated under a memorandum of understanding between the AWT, the States of Alderney and two private landowners in 2004. 

A variety of migratory birds, especially birds of prey, are often spotted here. The Wildlife Bunker (Countryside Interpretation Centre) is housed within a converted World War Two German bunker and displays information on the island's military and wildlife history. You can also find a seabird observation point, wildlife displays and a shelter from the elements here. The site is open 24/7 and is powered by a solar lighting system.

The woodland of Vau du Saou is made up of a mix of deciduous native trees - including ash, hazel and willow - large conifers and native bluebells, which combine to create a truly atmospheric place to go walking.  The reserve has fixed trails with a total distance of around a mile, which can often be steep and difficult to negotiate, but it also includes a section of the island's main coastal path.

Contact us

Contact number: 01481 822 935
Vau du Saou map