19 November 2015
The colony of northern gannets on Les Etacs, a rock off the west coast of Alderney, has grown since two birds first nested in 1940
The first nationally accredited bird observatory in the Channel Islands will be located in Alderney, if a pilot scheme is successful.
The Alderney Wildlife Trust, with the help of the British Trust for Ornithology, will launch the pilot observatory next year.
The Wildlife Trust hopes to meet the required level of excellence for accreditation by 2018.
Manager Roland Gauvain said: "It is an exciting project."
There are already 19 observatories in the UK and Ireland, which enable researchers to monitor bird populations and migration patterns.
However, Mr Gauvain said that there was a "relatively small" number of observatories on islands, which includes the islands of Farne and the Calf of Man.
He said Alderney was in the unusual location of being close to the French continent where it could see a large number of birds in a small area.