Introduction

Wild Time

Spring

Feel the beat of spring

Be dazzled by bluebells

Harken to a bittern's boom

Seek a swooping sand martin

Pen poetry among daffodils

Sway with dancing grebes

Get sent packing by a grouse

Take a ringside seat

Track down a tiger

Watch a rare sky dance

Chatter with a natterjack

Enjoy the great rush north

Look up in awe

Shine a light on newts

Eavesdrop on a nightingale

Go spotting early orchids

Follow a sat-tagged osprey

Gape at hunting hobbies

Nurse a passion for purple

Scour riverbanks for Ratty

Tip-toe among fritillaries

Summer

Hail the success of avocets

Go batty as night falls

Bewitched by a buttercup

Play the summertime blues

Thrill to damsels and dragonflies

Go after Dartford warbler

Make a splash with gannets

Stake out a badger sett

Hurrah for the king

Rejoice in Manxie's chorus

Delight in a glow worm

Fall for THE fastest bird

Be spellbound by orchids

Journey to a seabird city

Exalt at a skylark's song

Party with the puffins

Lounge with a lizard

Haunt a churring nightjar

Head seawards on safari

Discover the rare spoonbill

Join the toadlet exodus

Spot our largest butterfly

Wear a hat for terns

Hunt woodland beauties

Autumn

Admire our eager beavers

Marvel at migration

Forage for Autumn's bounty

Go nuts over squirrel nutkin

Ramble through purple

Gaze in awe at reds' rut

Wander in the wild wood

Cheer on the salmon run

Try a wild goose chase

Foray for fungi

Winter

Pay homage to the Russians

Go on a winter ghost hunt

Wonder at wintering waders

Fall in love with a seal pup

Hear Britain's tallest bird

Revel in roosting wagtails

Kiss beneath mistletoe

'Ooh' & 'aah' at murmurations

Lie in wait for an otter

Rock 'n' roll with geology

Wrap up for a raptor roost

Make a splash with gannets

Gannet Gannet © Alderney WT

Head out to sea to experience the feeding frenzy of our largest seabird.

The cliffs of our coastline are home to some of the most important seabird colonies in the north Atlantic.

The northern gannet is a beautiful, mesmerising plunge-diver and the biggest of all our seabirds. We're fortunate that the seas around our islands are the best place in the world to see them: more than 50% of all the world’s northern gannets nest here.

The size of a goose, they are bright white with pitch black wing tips, a soft creamy orange head and a long dagger-like bill. At their nest sites they can look almost clumsy, but when they take to the wing they are perfectly streamlined, with a six foot wingspan. But it’s when they are hunting that gannets are at their most impressive.Like many seabirds, they feed on fish, which they catch by diving. When a shoal of fish is found, large numbers of gannets gather together, hovering high over the water before they turn, fold their wings back tight and plummet head first into the water at great speed. The feeding frenzy of a gannet flock must be one of the most exciting summer sights.

How to do it

If you can’t get to the special places listed below…It is possible to see gannets fishing off most of our coasts during the summer, especially in Scotland where the largest colonies in the world can be found. Alderney’s gannets have their very own ‘ gannet cam ’ and you can also sponsor an Alderney gannet. 

Special spots

8,000 pairs of gannets make their summer home on Alderney , at the two colonies of Les Etacs and Ortac. Alderney Wildlife Trust runs boat trips during the summer around the western coast, getting up close to all the action of the gannet colony.

Aberdeenshire,  Longhaven Cliffs

Pembrokeshire,  Skomer

Yorkshire,  Flamborough Cliffs - home to one of the largest mainland colonies in the country. Join a  Living Seas Safari  to see them and much more!

Gannets © Gillian Day

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