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Press Release - AWT Support 2020 20.12.19

2020 support confirmed for Alderney Wildlife Trust

The States of Alderney has confirmed its full support for the island's much-lauded Wildlife Trust in 2020.

Policy & Finance Committee agreed a £16,000 grant to Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) to protect and maintain terrestrial and marine wildlife and places of natural beauty as well as educate the public about local wildlife, sustainable development and biodiversity.

An additional £1,000 will be paid towards the upkeep of community woodland.

Relying on membership subscriptions, grants and donations, AWT has two paid staff and four volunteers plus four placement staff on contract. At least 25 regular volunteers also work at the AWT Information Centre or as Conservation Volunteers or Voluntary Surveyors.

AWT presented the States of Alderney with a comprehensive plan to benefit the island in 2020, linked to the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts' national strategy, including:

  • Establishing the highest level of long-term scientific research to inform Alderney's knowledge of its environment. This includes working with the Scientific Advisory Group and developing record centre agreements with Guernsey and Jersey.
  • Responding to developments in the marine environment and monitoring its conservation.
  • Focusing on the Blue Islands Charter and its creation of environmental legislation and policy.

Formed in 2002 to deliver various services such as land and footpath management, AWT has since expanded its support to become a vital cog in Alderney's conservation, environmental planning and economic development.

AWT has more than 700 members and runs the impressive Wildlife Information Centre in Victoria Street - more than 8,000 people visited between January and October 2019 while many more attended events and activities such as the west coast Ramsar boat trips and nature walks.

Staff also provide free-of-charge school support and AWT runs its own children's membership group.