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JIM MIDDLETON Tuesday 14th September 2004 16:36

Birding In Guernsey

I've just joined Bird Forum and this is my first post - I live in Hemel Hempstead but am going to Guernsey next week and wondered if anyone could point me to the best birdwatching sites there - I am particularly interested in Wryneck, Hoopoe, Short-toed Treecreeper, Ortolan Bunting & Dartford Warbler. Also any good wader / sea-watching sites and any good passerine migrant areas (eg flycatchers, redstarts etc).

Thanks very much


Nerine Wednesday 15th September 2004 08:23

Hi Jim and welcome to Bird Forum.

Iím not a birding expert, more of a nature lover who enjoys watching birds and learning, but Iíll try my best to help. I know there has been a Wryneck at Pleinmont recently (go south down the west coast of Guernsey as far as you can go (by car). See

This site shows you the reserves:
Click on the green dots!

La Claire Mare by the coast has a nice hide, but you can always see plenty of waders all along the west coast from Pleinmont northwards. The coastline here is flat and easily accessible and you can get nice close views of the birds. My favourite parts are the south end of Vazon (Richmond end, Fort Le Crocq) and the dunes at Vazon. Another good spot is Grandes Havres (further north), lots of Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings and others.

There is a thread by Malgos that you might like to look at - lower down on his page. He has visited Guernsey in the last week or so.

Good luck in Guernsey, hope you enjoy it.


JIM MIDDLETON Wednesday 15th September 2004 09:03

Thanks Nerine - this is excellent information - much appreciated.

I think I may have lucked out as I am staying at L'eree Bay Hotel - the map tells me that all the places you have mentioned are nearby and the La Clare Mare looks to be a roll out of bed !!!!

Thanks again


Nerine Wednesday 15th September 2004 09:47


Originally Posted by JIM MIDDLETON
I think I may have lucked out as I am staying at L'eree Bay Hotel

Excellent news! You've chosen a great location!

Best of luck.


Eagle Wednesday 15th September 2004 10:47

Jim while at Grandes Havre (my favourite bay!) look at your map and you'll see a small pond! It has a hide and is a very good site lovely Kingfisher ...
sometimes its quite! But its a perfect position as you have the sea on one side and the pond on the other!
Enjoy its a lovely Island and the natives are very friendly!

JIM MIDDLETON Wednesday 15th September 2004 22:28

Thanks Eagle,

I'm very much looking forward to it. I just hope the weather decides to co-operate. I'll let you know when I get back !!!

Thanks again


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