Where to start?
There are many different local environmental groups, organisations and businesses on Guernsey and sometimes finding what you are looking for can be tricky. This page is intended to be a starting point. All the organisations who have agreed to be featured are listed in alphabetical order.
Click on a name and the link will take you to an information box about that organisation. If you click on the information box and it will take you to their web page or Facebook group.
If you are interested in having your group on this page, please get in touch
Organisations involved in the management of the Records Centre:
Other local organisations:
Environment Guernsey Ltd.
Guernsey Environmental Services Ltd, or Environment Guernsey, is the wholly owned environmental consultancy and management company of La Société Guernesiaise. It undertakes contract work for both the States of Guernsey and for private firms and individuals.
The Guernsey Biological Records Centre is a joint enterprise between Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS) and La Société and Environment Guernsey runs the GBRC on behalf of this partnership.
La Société Guernesiaise
La Société Guernesiaise was founded in 1882 to encourage the study of the history, natural history, geography and geology of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the conservation of the Bailiwick’s natural environment and the preservation of its historic buildings and monuments.
It has its own projects, some of which are carried out in collaboration with GBRC owns nature reserves, produces guides, books and reports and hosts regular events, outings and activities. For more information on joining please visit their website.
Guernsey’s Biodiversity Partnership was established to scrutinize, advise and educate on Guernsey's Biodiversity Strategy. This Partnership has fostered new working relationships, collaborations and launch new projects as we work together to educate, support, conserve and protect our natural environment.
It is made up of representatives from Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) which hold a mandated interest in the conservation of local wildlife and habitat, plus qualified experts in conservation, ecology and land management, ACLMS and the Biodiversity Education Officer. The Records Centre is a member.
Guernsey Conservation Herd
The Guernsey Conservation Herd is managed by a team of volunteers who visit the steers to make sure they have food and water. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided. The two main jobs for volunteers are:
- Stock checking - each stock checker commits to visiting the Herd once a week to make sure they are healthy and safe and have everything they need.
- Helping move the Herd - by helping to set up and take down fencing, load up the cattle and sometimes walk them down a road.
Guernsey Conservation Volunteers
Since 1996 the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers have been helping to conserve Guernsey’s natural environment. They work all around the island to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of the area.
A very important part of their work focuses on the removal of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) like sour fig because this plant blankets the ground, overwhelming the native habitat and species.
While Nature Guernsey is a Section of La Société it is included here as they are responsible for the annual programme of public events. If you ever wanted to get started and learn about our natural environment and explore practical skills, this is the place to start!
This Section starts the year with an AGM at Candie followed by an ordinary meeting at which it prepares its programme of outdoor events.
The Pollinator Project was started in Guernsey by Barry Wells and Vanessa Crispini-Adams in 2017. After inspiring the delegates at the 2018 Inter-Island Environment Meeting (IIEM) it expanded to become a Channel Island-wide project.
Numerous organisations and interested parties, including the Records Centre work in partnership to deliver the Pollinator Project across the Channel Islands. By all working together towards a common goal it is hoped that the current decline in insect pollinators in the Channel Islands can be reversed and their populations conserved and enhanced for the future.
Asian Hornet Team
The Asian hornet is a non-native invasive species and an aggressive predator of many types of insect. It is therefore a major threat to our island’s biodiversity, pollinating insects, and beekeeping activities. The aim of the Asian Hornet Strategy is to ensure that we keep the population of Asian hornets as low as possible, to protect public health and the island's biodiversity.
For useful identification guides and more information about Asian hornets and the Strategy, please visit https://www.gov.gg/asianhornet or click this box to visit the Asian Hornet team Facebook page for updates.
GROW has been established in the Island for 36 years, a locally registered charity, formed to provide a safe and secure working environment where people with learning and other disabilities can build up their self-respect and confidence levels so as to be able to work and interact within our community.
Focusing predominately on horticulture GROW sow, propagate and tend to plants, fruit and vegetables throughout the year – plants and produce which all absorb carbon from the atmosphere during their growing life. GROW’s aim is to constantly strive to endorse its green credentials as a horticulture workshop. In 2007 GROW was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
The Soil Farm
We work to regenerate soil health, from testing, consultancy and amendments on a large scale, to provision of select products and advice on a small scale. The majority of our products are created locally from the efficient composting of waste streams, rich in beneficial microbial organisms. We reintroduce these to landscapes observing holistic land management practices, enabling the soil to naturally feed, protect and nurture the plants that are grown in it.
By supporting nature to work as intended we see significant benefits in water retention and reduced runoff, disease resistance, fertility, yields and increased biodiversity, above and below ground.
The Alderney Wildlife Trust
The Alderney Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the conservation of the island’s wildlife and natural environment. We aim to engage people with Alderney’s wildlife in order to protect it for the future. We conduct many different surveys and are reorganizing the Alderney Records Centre which will hold data from our monitoring work, and public sightings.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, as a conservation volunteer or taking part in surveys, please get in touch –email@example.com