Alderney has stunning wildlife, from huge seabird colonies to hundreds of different wildflowers and moths, some special mammals, and incredible marine habitats.

Nature sites

Longis Nature Reserves

1200X675 Longis pond in winter

The Longis Nature Reserve covers about 105 hectares making it the largest terrestrial reserve on the island. A network of footpaths and two hides (equipped with ID guides and binoculars) allow the visitor to discover the diversity of habitats and wildlife in total tranquility. Thirteen habitats are present in this relatively compact area. This mosaic enables a large number of species to find the  shelter, food or nesting place that they need.


Vau de Saou Nature Reserve

Val de Saou / Photo credit: Lindsay Pyne

The Vau de Saou Reserve is a small reserve on the Coastal Footpath, among the southern cliffs. It covers 7 hectares and contains six different habitats, including the scrub woodland, and is home to the slow worm, the only species of reptile in Alderney. Footpaths allow easy and safe access to the reserve and to the Wildlife Bunker which is a well-equipped information point open all-year round.


The Community Woodland

Alderney Community Woodland / Photo credit: Cristina Gonzalez

Rich with thousands years of human history and a good diversity of habitats, the Alderney Community Woodland (ACW) is located in the centre of the Islands and covers 17 hectares. The ACW is a dynamic, constantly changing project managed by Alderney Wildlife Trust and the local community, supported by the States of Alderney and Living Islands.  It is open to everyone, visitors as well as residents.


Ramsar site

Les Etacs


An area of 1,500 hectares, covering Alderney’s west coast and Burhou islands, has been recognized as an internationally important wetland site, accredited under the Ramsar convention in 2005. The area contains the main Alderney seabird colonies, a small population of grey seals and a huge diversity of marine habitats. This protected area can be enjoyed by everyone – all we ask is that you respect its designation as a valuable and protected site.


Ramsar sites bundaries

Through the seasons

If you wonder which season is the best to come to Alderney, the answer would be that there isn’t one… There’s plenty of fascinating things to see in each and every season! But each one has a different charm. During Spring, the island is covered by flowers and seabirds are nesting. Bats, moths and hedgehogs are out during the Summer nights. Autumn is the season of bird migration. And in Winter, snipe and wildfowl find food and shelter in the ponds.

Birding from the car

Bird photography is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature and capture wonderful images. There is however a downside in that it is often perceived that to get good bird pictures one needs to be a hearty sort that can trudge through miles of cliff paths or scrub to get to a suitable location. While there are big health benefits to walking and, on the island, walking is a great way to get to prime bird watching spots, not everyone has full mobility. If you have access to a car in Alderney, there good places to get close to wildlife to see and photograph great subjects without causing disturbance.  The car is a good tool for those who are not fully mobile and would not otherwise be able to go bird watching.


Yellow Wagtail / Photo credit: Sandy Robertson