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The 2018 Bailiwick's Habitat Survey Report has been published

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Friday 11 October 2019

The results of the most recent Habitat Survey of Guernsey, Herm & Jethou has been published.

A Habitat Survey was conducted in the Spring and Summer of 2018, in order to establish the extent of change in the habitat composition in the last decade. The results of the survey give a mix of good and bad news for the Bailiwick's habitats and the wildlife they support.

The most significant findings are:

The data compiled during the survey has been analysed and the findings are available in both a Summary Report and Full Technical version online at www.gov.gg/habitatsurvey. Paper copies can also be made available on request, by emailing aclms@gov.gg. It will also be made available as a digital map online at www.digimap.gg/environmental by the end of this month.

Julia Henney, Biodiversity Education Officer said:-

"The results of this Island-wide Habitat Survey are stark and concerning. The decline in natural habitats is likely to indicate an associated decline in Guernsey's biodiversity.

"Many of the losses identified are due to changes in land management, which illustrates that our natural land does need managing, simply designating nature reserves is not enough.

"The survey does highlight some positive trends, such as an increase in the area of heathland since 2010, and an increase in the area of woodland. These positive trends demonstrate that it is possible to restore habitats through hard work and the implementation of sound conservation measures.

"For some habitats, new conservation measures cannot come soon enough. With 90% of our species rich dry grasslands having disappeared, we are on the brink of losing it from our Island and potentially the species it supports.

"I hope that these alarming results can mark a turning point, at which we see an increased investment in nature conservation and the introduction of policies and strategies which focus on protecting our natural word."

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