As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Alderney may get first accredited bird observatory in Islands

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.

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