Welcome to the Alderney Bird Observatory; the Channel Island’s Observatory

With plans for the development of the bird observatory and field centre accomodation at the Nunnery verging on becoming a reality, and with the summer seabird season well and truly upon us life at the ABO is that wonderful combination of totally hectic and tantalisingly tranquil that only Alderney can provide.


Winners and runners up of this years Bailwick of Guernsey Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.  The ABO first prize was accepted by Catherine Hanlon, with Richmond and Margaret Austin and ABO Committee Member Tim Earl.  Claire Thorpe of the AWT collected the best educational prize for Alderney’s Track a Gannet Project at the same time.


Another major milestone was reached on the 15th June when the the Alderney Bird Observatory  won the top prize in the 2017 Bailiwick of Guernsey Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards. This the most prestigious award for nature conservation in the Channel Islands recognised the the ABO as a ‘project which aspires to be the newest and most southerly observatory in the British Isles’ and awarded the £1500 which will be spent on the purchase of vital bird-ringing equipment including replacement ringing nets, poles and rings.


Seabird teams return from work on the puffin colony of Burhou and the razorbill and guillemot colonies on Coque Lihou.  From left to Right – Mariko Whyte (AWT Conservation Officer), Justin Hart (ABO Assistant Warden, Paul Veron (ABO Chairman), Catherine Veron (ABO Secretary), Anne-Isabelle Boulon (ABO Trainee Ringer), John Horton (ABO Warden) and Claire Thorpe (AWT People and Wildlife Officer)





Become a Founder Member and help establish the ABO

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The ABO team watching dawn over Longis Bay from the ramparts of the Nunnery.

ABO is fortunate to be based in ‘The Nunnery’, the oldest standing building in the Channel Islands and the best preserved Roman small fort in the British Isles.  Being of huge historic importance, the plan is to develop it into a publically accessible heritage site for the benefit of Alderney, which will also house the ABO and  Field Centre.


We are running two membership schemes  – the Ordinary Member scheme and we are inviting people to be part of this exciting new venture by joining as a Founder Member to help firmly establish the observatory.  John Horton, who as warden will be heading the development of both ABO and the Field Centre, has generously agreed to undertake the warden’s role in a voluntary capacity for the first two years to get the project up and running.

Become a MEMBER and help shape ABO’s future.


Please consider making a donation to support the ABO or why not become a MEMBER and help shape its future.

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