A broad cross-section of projects have been recognised at a special ceremony for the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards in Jersey.
Judged by environmental experts and representatives from Insurance Corporation, the team visited each of the projects before selecting their winners.
‘This is our 26th year of the competition in the Channel Islands and still we are learning more and more about Jersey’s natural environment and the projects being undertaken to enhance it. We’ve even had an entry from Les Minquiers showing how far this work has stretched to include projects off-island,’ said Insurance Corporation general manager, Mandy Hunt.
The winners were as follows:
Overall Winner - prize fund £1,500
Jersey Mencap Pond Project. A buzzing project to encourage a variety of wildlife, while offering young adults with a learning disability to learn about conservation.
Runner Up - prize fund £1,000
Paul Chambers – Les Minquiers Survey. A full survey of all aspects of the natural history of Les Minquiers reef, due to concern of the lack of scientific attention paid to the reef so far.
Manpower Award – a team from Insurance Corporation will assist with the project
Piers Sangan - Sangan Island Conservation at Grouville Marsh SSI. Ongoing management of Grouville Marsh SSI. Further progress from last year includes: new areas that have been coppiced as part of the management, installation of bird and bat boxes and pond and stream management.
Innovation Award – prize fund £250
Vermont Farm – Promessa Soil Project. Creating regenerative systems modelled after nature’s productivity to improve environments of the Channel Islands. Using natural methods to improve soil quality.
The Peter Walpole People’s Choice Award as chosen by islanders from an online vote
Jersey Bat Group – Woodland bat project. To begin investigating some of the fundamental questions about local bat ecology, especially woodland species, using a series of different methodologies.
Congratulations to all of the fantastic projects, and we look forward to following your progress!
To look back on all of the projects, click HERE