Archive for the 'Biodiversity' Category

RSPB Guernsey slide show on ‘British Columbia’ on 5 March 2014

March 4th, 2014 by Events

RSPB Guernsey present a slide show by Judy Down and Jean Brown on ‘British Columbia’, Canada beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at La Villette Hotel, St Martin, Guernsey.

The ticket price at the door is £5 (£4 for RSPB members).

The price includes coffee or tea and biscuits.

 

Eighty-six dead seabirds collected from Guernsey shore during survey

February 25th, 2014 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

The States of Guernsey Environment Department can confirm that 86 seabirds were recorded as found on beaches around Guernsey on Saturday 22 February 2014.

The collection was undertaken to assess the degree to which species that breed around the Channel Islands might have been impacted by the storms in the Atlantic over the last month.

Twenty-eight volunteers from La Société Guernesiaise, RSPB Guernsey, GSPCA, the States of Guernsey Environment Department and several members of the public took part in the collection on Saturday afternoon.

Ornithologists Jamie and Michelle Hooper, Paul and Catherine Veron and Chris Mourant identified and recorded details of the age and condition of the birds at the Cobo collection point. Continue reading

Community adds biodiversity with tree planting at Les Prins Estate

February 24th, 2014 by Richard Lord

On a beautifully sunny Saturday 22 February 2014 families from Les Prins Estate near Port Soif worked with The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to plant a variety of native trees on four well-maintained greens on the estate.

Les Prins Estate The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees tree planting (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Brian England from Les Prins Estate on the left with Kevin Lesbirel next to him and Alan Ritchie of the States of Guernsey Environment Department on the far right planting trees on Les Prins Estate (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

John Rothwell, Chairman of Les Prins Estate company, said trees planted some years ago didn’t survive long so this time the trees are being planted in groups so the trees can afford each other some protection.” Continue reading

Guernsey Environment Department requests reports of dead seabirds

February 22nd, 2014 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

The States of Guernsey Environment Department organised a count of seabirds washed-up dead around Guernsey’s coast on Saturday 22 February 2014.

By 6 p.m. 79 dead seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, shags, puffins and a great northern diver had been collected from the Guernsey shore and brought to the central collection point at Cobo kiosk car park.

Ornithologists and volunteers from La Société Guernesiaise, RSPB Guernsey and GSPCA collected the birds so that data could be gathered on the number and species of birds that have been lost due to the poor weather conditions recently.

The early February 2014 storms in the Atlantic brought strong winds and heavy seas, which have prevented diving birds such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins from catching food. Some of the dead seabirds also had oil on their plumage.

In early February 2014, hundreds of dead marine birds washed up on beaches from the Bay of Biscay to Brittany, the Channel Islands and Cornwall. Continue reading

Guernsey public asked to help seabirds that are struggling to cope with severe weather conditions

February 11th, 2014 by La Société Guernesiaise

Seabirds are being found washed up on Guernsey’s beaches following the recent high tides and strong winds.

The prolonged bad weather conditions mean that many birds found around the island’s coast have found it difficult to find enough food to survive.

Shags, guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes have been particularly badly hit as these species cannot find the small fish and sand eels they feed on when weather conditions are rough.

One Guillemot was washed over the Cobo sea wall in an over topping wave last weekend, ending up in a car park.

Another was found inland in a field in Torteval. Continue reading

Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden in Saumarez Park needs volunteers, old cards, egg boxes and small gifts

January 31st, 2014 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Botanical Trust 25 January 2014 ‘Garden Gossip‘ newsletter states that the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden is now an accredited Guernsey visitor attraction.

The beautiful garden expects many visitors in 2014. The garden hopes to open from 10.00 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesdays to Sundays between March and September 2014 and Bank Holidays, but the Guernsey Botanical Trust needs a sufficient number of volunteers to open the garden gates, put out the information boards and greet visitors.

The charity is asking for new volunteers to offer three hours per week for the 2014 season.

The charity is launching a “Meet the Team” evening on Thursday 13 February 2014 at 7.00 p.m. at the Castel Douzaine room, Les Beaucamps.

The charity also requests donations of items photographed in the image above.

Contact it by emailing: [email protected]

 

Guernsey conservation projects can enter 2014 Conservation Awards

January 29th, 2014 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Guernsey conservationists are encouraged to celebrate their work in this year’s Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

Now in their 24th year, the awards are open to individuals, businesses, organisations and schools that have created, or who have plans to create, an environmental project for the benefit of the Island.

Glyn Smith, Insurance Corporation managing director, said “this year we will introducing a new award in honour of Peter Walpole, Insurance Corporation chairman and founder of the Conservation Awards.” Continue reading

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees beautifies and adds biodiversity to Delancey Park

January 27th, 2014 by Richard Lord

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers planted trees on east-facing terraced land marked on maps as wildlife habitat in Delancey Park, St Sampson on Saturday morning, 25 January 2014.

Wood cleared from the terraces in Delancey Park by Community Service (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Some of the wood cleared from the terraces in Delancey Park by Community Service (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The St Sampson parish land, which had become overgrown and had accumulated litter, was cleared by Community Service before The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees volunteers began planting.

The States of Guernsey Culture and Leisure department maintain Delancey Park to provide facilities such as the football field, the bowling green, and the children’s playground.

Litter on the terraces where The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees planted trees (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Litter, which was removed, on the terraces where The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees planted trees (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of the Guernsey charity, said Continue reading

Bumblebees exposed to pyrethroid pesticides are smaller and smaller bumblebees are less able foragers

January 20th, 2014 by Royal Holloway University of London

A bumblebee visits a Gaillardia aristata flower in the Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park, Castel on 12 July 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A bumblebee visits a Gaillardia aristata flower in the Victorian walled kitchen garden in Saumarez Park, Castel on 12 July 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London.

The research paper, “Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees and interactions with a trypanosome parasite“, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide, which is used on flowering crops to prevent insect damage, reduces the size of individual bees produced by a colony.

The researchers, Gemma Baron, Dr Nigel Raine and Professor Mark Brown from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway worked with colonies of bumblebees in their laboratory and exposed half of them to the pesticide. Continue reading

RBC Wealth Management staff help Lihou Island Charitable Trust

October 31st, 2013 by RBC Wealth Management

(click image to expand - ©RLLord)

RBC Wealth Management volunteers visited Lihou Island on 15 and 16 October 2013 to prepare the house for the winter months (click image to expand – image courtesy of RBC Wealth Management)

Volunteers from RBC Wealth Management have given the Lihou Island house a much-needed makeover by re-painting internal walls and creosoting outside decking to ensure that it is completely watertight before the winter sets in.

Twelve RBC Wealth Management employees crossed the causeway to Lihou Island on the afternoon of 15 October 2013y to begin the renovation work. Continue reading