Science, Nature and the Environment



Guernsey is a small area with many different natural habitats which include; wooded valleys, sandy beaches, sand dunes, wetlands, rock pools, and cliffs.  It is at the southern limit of many species of plants and animals and at the northern limit of Mediterranean and southern species.  With it's position in the English Channel and it's mild climate,  it has a huge range of insects, birds, marine animals and plants.

Each Channel Island is unique in term of the animals that they have there.  Many of the wild animals in the UK do not exist in the Channel Islands because they are not attached to the mainland.  Jersey and Alderney have moles.  There are no foxes or badgers in the Channel Islands.  Red squirrels in the UK are endangered because of the more aggressive grey squirrels.  Red squirrels thrive in Jersey because the grey squirrels have never been introduced there. Jersey is also home to the common Toad, the Palmate Newt and the rare and endangered Agile Frog. The largest wild mammal in Guernsey is the rabbit, Guernsey has no moles, squirrels or foxes.  





















Alderney is famous for it's blonde hedgehogs, nicknamed, 'the Alderney spike girls.'  These hedgehogs are very rare in Britain but in Alderney one quarter of the hedgehog population are blonde.  Alderney is also a popular place for bird watching and it has many rare species.  Puffins are one of their most famous residents.  Meet the puffin population on this tiny island near Alderney on the Burhou island Puffin Cam.




Guernsey cows are world famous for their rich creamy milk and yellow butter.  The milk has a golden colour due to an exceptionally high content of beta carotene.  The cows are good-tempered and have been exported all over the world.  They are believed to be descended from animals imported from Normandy in the 10th century.




Are you good at recycling?  The tip is filling up and we need to find a solution to Guernsey's rubbish problem.  Learn about what happens to your rubbish when you throw it in the bin and find out more about recycling in the powerpoint at the bottom of this page.







Have you ever wondered why the sea comes in and washes away your sandcastle?  Learn about how the tides work below in high tide low tide.



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