Protecting the Environment
Guernsey has many different habitats and species, with some plants and animals that can not be found anywhere else in the British Isles.
The Guernsey Biological Records Centre (GBRC) was founded in January 2003. It is a partnership between the States of Guernsey, Environment Department and Guernsey Environmental Services Ltd (trading arm of La Société Guernesiaise)
The primary role of the Guernsey Biological Records Centre is to gather, record, store, analyse, interpret and share local natural history information.
Data held at the centre includes: Species records for animals and plants; records and information on local habitats, physical features such as maps of soil types and geology; historic and recent photographs of local habitats and species; and a natural history library for the bailiwick of Guernsey.
The data is used in making informed and reasoned decisions on all aspects of development, land management and the well-being of biodiversity in the Island.
A Habitat Survey ( Habitat Survey [3Mb]) of Guernsey, Herm & Jethou was conducted in Spring and Summer 2010 in compliance with the States Environmental Policy Plan and on behalf of the States of Guernsey Environment Department.
The aim was to establish the extent of change in the habitat composition since the previous survey, commissioned in 1999 by the former Island Development Committee, and to identify any particular key habitats which may be at risk. Field boundaries were also surveyed.
The report is and will continue to be used as a source of information for making informed and reasoned decisions on all aspects of development, land management and the well-being of biodiversity in the Island.
It is proposed that repeat surveys are undertaken every 10 years.
The Ramsar Convention was extended to our shores in 1999 and the first site designated under the Convention in 2006 was Lihou Island and surrounding area. The site measures 426 hectares and encompasses Lihou Island, La Claire Mare Nature Reserve and the Colin Best Nature Reserve as well as the intertidal area and outlying reefs and rocks. Click on the link below for additional information and a map of the Guernsey Ramsar Site.