The Observatory is coming to the end of its first Autumn migration, and whilst the weather is exceptionally mild we’re still delighted to hark back to the summer with the broadcast of the Channel 4’s Little British Isles. Show presenter Alison Steadman visited the the Obs back in August, making the second national TV appearance for Britain’s newest Observatory this year and helping to show Alderney off to the best!
August also saw John Horton (ABO Warden) and the VisitAlderney team join forces to represent the Island as a whole at the 2016 British Birdwatching Fair. Around 800 visitors took the time to drop in on the stall and John and Anne-Isabelle got a chance to catch up with some of their birding heros.
With ringing totals now exceeding 11,000 birds of 72 species ringed, and many more observed since the observatory opened on the 3rd March, 2016 is certainly proving a busy year.
More than 30 visiting ringers have dropped into the our fledgling Obs this autumn alone with the high point coming in September when the ABO hosted the first Channel Island Ringers meeting in many years.
Become a Founder Member and help establish the ABO
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.
Once all the necessary permissions have been received, the funds necessary to equip the new Field Centre will have to be raised (please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring any part of the project), with plans to open the Centre in March 2017.
The Nunnery was refurbished as an 18th century gun battery then served as barracks, hospital, married quarters and farm. Finally it was converted to Resistance Nest ‘Piratenschloss’ by the Germans and there are a network of bunkers and machine gun posts (without guns!) in the Nunnery garden. Until recently it has been let as three residential accommodation units.
Work will continue for many years into the future to better understand the nearly 2,000 years of occupation, with plans for the hostel to accommodate archeologists on summer digs, as well as ABO members visiting the island.
Please consider making a donation to support the ABO or why not become a MEMBER and help shape its future.