About Us

LI-team / Photo credit: Martin Batt

Living Islands is a two year programme, designed to promote Alderney’s stunning wildlife and history to new audiences.  It is also engaging the local community in activities that support these objectives, and help them understand the potential of their island.

The project is being managed on the island by a steering group comprising Alderney Wildlife Trust, the States of Alderney and the Alderney Society. The Alderney Living Islands project team for 2014 is Anne-Isabelle Boulon from Normandy, and Martin Batt from Yorkshire, supported by the States of Alderney workforce and volunteers.

Project

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Present

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Future

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Long-term economic problems persist in Alderney, reflecting the plight of many island and coastal communities across the British Isles.  The Living Islands programme has received significant support from all levels of Alderney’s community, which has responded positively to a research assessment of the island’s natural and heritage assets, and projections of future potential.

The concentration of historic fortifications and the variety of natural habitats in Alderney make these assets an obvious choice for attracting new visitors, as well as inspiring the local community about their island heritage.  Early successes have been achieved with the clearance of 70 years’ scrub growth and accumulated debris from the Cambridge Battery of Fort Tourgis.

Alderney is an island with a fascinating heritage, but its future depends on harnessing the value of its rich natural and historical assets to support the economy. Tourism, and sustainable activities such as farming, fishing and renewable energy will all play a part in securing jobs, increasing incomes and reducing dependence on imported energy and food.