Channel Islands

Conservation at home

The iconic British Channel Islands are home to an extraordinary and varied flora and fauna both on land and in the sea.  Today the pressures of development, changes in farming practices and climate change are making increasing numbers of species vulnerable to local extinction. Jersey is our home and we are as committed to saving species on our home island as anywhere in the world.

 

Monitoring environmental change and conserving the rarest species

 

Durrell manages a programme of thorough and scientifically robust monitoring projects for birds and amphibians throughout Jersey. Data collected through these projects is analysed and used to focus on threatened species, habitats and specific sites. Through strong local partnerships we are able to focus on direct action where it is most needed. This includes the restoration of a species lost from the island for over a century.​

  • The restoration of the red-billed chough is the first re-introduction we have undertaken on our home island – its great to be able to bring some of the skills developed around the world back to Jersey.

  • Jersey sits on an interesting biological divide between Great Britain and continental Europe, being the most southerly place in the British Isles for some species and the only place in the British Isles where some European species occur, like the agile frog.

  • We monitor farm and woodland birds across Jersey to highlight trends over time for the government, Ramsar and local NGOs. Publications include producing the Island’s first red list of bird species

  • We have headstarted over 15,000 agile frog tadpoles in the last 10 years, which have all gone back to ponds on the island

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Featured species