Archive for October, 2011

Nightfall on Les Landes – Site of Special Interest

Posted on: October 16th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Le Pinacle, long a place of worship. Neolithic to present day.

Naval Direction-Finding and Signalling Tower - MP3

Crapaud, common toad (Bufo bufo)

St Ouen. Where else?


Posted on: October 13th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

A species unjustly maligned…

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

What's your story Yellow OA5?

And what's your number Larus argentatus?

Both herring gulls were in the same group photographed at 14h29 12 October 2011 on Le Grouet Slip, St Brelade, Jersey. In 2009, the RSPB placed the European herring gull on its 'Red List' of threatened bird species, affording it the highest possible conservation status. Larus argentatus can reach 40+ years of age. Hopefully more information to come about Yellow OA5…

Evening Edit: I'm grateful to the Ornithology Section of the Société Jersiaise for advising that Yellow OA5 was originally ringed by the late Bob Burrow, very likely as a nestling, at Noirmont on 23 June 1998. A data point in the States of Jersey funded project to research the exchange between urban and cliff nesting gulls. Previously sighted nearby at Le Petit Port on 14 November 2005, 16 February 2006 and 27 October 2010 ~ a bird clearly fond of Jersey's southwest corner. And why not?!

Update: 13 October ~ 10h45 ~ with many thanks to Guernsey seabird recorder Paul Veron, it's great to report further historical sightings of Yellow OA5 as follows:

05 & 17 July 2000 - La Pulente, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey

13 & 29 August 2000 – La Pulente, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey 

14 September 2000 - beach by El Tico, St Ouen's Bay, Jersey

15 October 2001 - Le Petit Port, Jersey

04 February 2010 – Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

05 February 2010 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

30 March 2010 – Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

09 April 2010 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

16 April 2010 - Alderney Airport

10 & 15 January 2011 - beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

08 March 2011 – beach by Chouet Landfill, Guernsey

Where would the Channel Islands be without gulls?

For regular information about Jersey Birds click here

A brief and helpful mention…

Posted on: October 11th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Link: “The brilliant marine biologist Andrew Syvret at gives dazzling tours of the coastline” ~ Julie Burchill

Our next low tide outings:

Lunatic Nightwalk to Seymour Tower leaving 01h00 Saturday 15th October

Daytime Moonwalk to Seymour Tower leaving 13h30 Saturday 15th October

Daytime Two Towers Moonwalk to Icho and Seymour Towers leaving 13h00 Saturday 29th October

Please book early to avoid disappointment!

More soon…

Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Not long back from Normandy, several new images added. Currently attending the Channel Island Inter-Island Biodiversity Meeting 2011 ~ interesting ~ with very welcome, French marine input. A few reflections to come in a future blog maybe.

À bétôt!



Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


Posted on: October 6th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments