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Conservation Awards – Guernsey and Alderney Entries

The 2016 ICCI Conservation Awards are well underway, and we spent last week visiting entries in Guernsey and Alderney.

The competition, now in its 26th year, was open to all islanders with entries sought from schools, individuals, businesses, leisure and conservation organisations.

There are several awards available:

  • Overall winner – receiving £1,500
  • Runner-up – receiving £1,000
  • Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award – receiving £500 (which is voted for by the public through Insurance Corporation’s website)
  • Young Conservationist of the Year Award – prize depends on size and scope of the project
  • Manpower Award – a team from Insurance Corporation over a course of one day will lend a hand to further enhance or support a project

 

Here’s a review of the inspiring entries we have seen so far:

Guernsey

  • Moulin Huet Bay

Project: Enhancement of the ruined cottage area to attract more wildlife. The property owners, Mr and Mrs Le Page, plan to fill the area with wild flowers and wildlife, and include an area for artists to come and paint – much like the famous ‘Renoir’ who stayed for months in Guernsey and loved the Moulin Huet area. “We want an area that’s full of Guernsey wild flowers & wildlife, & a space for artists to paint”

Project: St Martin’s Primary School ‘Gardening Club’. The students meet once a week and have collected seaweed as well as many other local resources for numerous projects. “It’s to create an environment that students can explore and learn from conservation, together” St Martin’s teachers – Rebecca Silk and Claire Judd

Project: To construct an outside classroom and nature trail so that students can actively engage in the principles of nature conservation. “We’re trying to create an outdoor nature classroom for everyone to learn in” Blanchelande College

  • Princess Elizabeth Hospital

Project: To plant a hospital orchard for the benefit of staff, patients and the local community. “The orchard would be drought free & perfect for flowering, fruiting, bio diversity & varied species” Charles Hurford – project leader

Project: To enhance to grounds of the Animal Shelter to attract wildlife and provide green outlook for the animals in care and local community. “We want to help educate the public on how to have wild areas for conservation” Steve Byrne – GSPCA

  • Belle Etoile

Project: David and Dorothy Le Conte require management support of their private land as a natural conservation area, which they will provide learning opportunities for school groups and those interested in conservation in Guernsey. “After living in Arizona & Hawaii & enjoying wildlife, we wanted to encourage & welcome it to our property in Guernsey for the good of the island” Dorothy Le Conte

  • La Rocque Balan Farm

Project: Mr and Mrs Toyton want to convert their vinery site and field to a flowering meadow and woods for wildlife and conservation. “At La Rocque Balan Farm we have found lots of varied plant species in our open fields, which we want to help nurture” Dr John Toyton

Alderney

Project 1: Woodland to celebrate nature & restore broad leaf trees. “Planting broad leaf trees & thinning out conifers will help increase biodiversity on Alderney” Alderney Wildlife Trust

Project 2: Project: ‘LIVE‘ Teaching through nature for UK / Channel Island students via webcams on Burhou Island. “We currently educate 30 classes across UK on nature and conservation via our webcams situated amongst the island’s wildlife populations, such as puffins and other species” Alderney Wildlife Trust

Project 3: ‘T.A.G’. – Tagging gannets for research purposes to understand more of the growing species on Alderney. “There are nearly 10,000 pairs of gannets and that number is increasing. We want to learn more about the species to help nurture the population.” Alderney Wildlife Trust


 

It has again been another year of inspiring entries for our ICCI Conservation Awards. On Wednesday 25th May we also visit Jersey to see and judge their entries, which are also set to be fascinating!

Guernsey / Alderney awards will be presented in Guernsey on Thursday 16 June

Jersey awards will be presented in Jersey on Wednesday 29th June

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