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Alderney Bird Observatory Wins Conservation Award

The Alderney Bird Observatory has won the top prize in this year’s Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in the Bailiwick. The project which aspires to be the newest and most southerly observatory in the British Isles wins £1500 which will be spent on the purchase of vital bird-ringing equipment including replacement ringing nets, poles and rings.

The Runner-Up Award goes to St Andrew’s Floral Group in conjunction with the GSPCA. The win £1000 to help renew the pond and grounds at the Animal Shelter and help attract more diverse wildlife and improve the environment for animals in care.

Here is a list of the other awards:

The Conservation Education Award and £500 – Alderney Wildlife Trust and their LIVE Education project.

The Young Conservationist of the Year Award – 3rd Guernsey Scout Group

The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award (public vote) and £500 – St Andrew’s Floral Group in conjunction with the GSPCA

Highly Commended Certificated and bird boxes donated by RSPB were also awarded to Alderney Wildlife Trust for their Seabird Monitoring Project, Charles Hurford for the Orchard Project at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Joyce & Mike Hardy for the Marette de Haute Vinery Project and Enzo Crowson for his continued interest in conservation with his big hotel extension.

“Alderney is an incredible place to view a wide variety of birds, especially seabirds. It is also one of the least well studied so the observatory is a much-needed resource.  The island sits on several major flyways and sees large numbers of birds from Britain and the Continent. Alderney can make and important contribution to scientific studies of bird populations and provide data to help protect them. We feel this is an extremely worthy project and a well-deserved winner of our funding.”

You can see videos of all the fantastic entries HERE

We’ll be following the progress of each project closely over the coming year, so watch out for updates on our blog and social media! The presentation for the Jersey Awards is 28th June 2017

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