What is the Jersey Biodiversity Partnership?
The Jersey Biodiversity Partnership is an informal partnership of more than 30 organisations and individuals committed to preserving and enhancing biodiversity in Jersey. Organisations within the partnership provide support in a variety of ways by offering:
- other resources
Why was it set up?
The Jersey Biodiversity Partnership was set up in 2006 for the purpose of implementing a range of action plans designed to target those species and habitats which are considered to be threatened, or in need of special attention and to provide a range of strategies and targets for their conservation.
How will the partnership reach its aims?
The partnership aims to protect, conserve and enhance a variety of wildlife species and habitats in Jersey through the successful implementation of the Jersey Biodiversity Action Plans.
These aims will be achieved by focusing on the following specific goals:
- improving the flow of information and communication
- encouraging participation by all sectors of society
- promoting awareness of the importance of biodiversity
- supporting partner organisations in their legal and other responsibilities towards biodiversity
Why do we need action for biodiversity?
We need action for biodiversity in order to preserve our natural plants and wildlife, and to encourage their growth rather than their decline. Below are a few examples of species which have declined substantially in numbers or vanished from the Island.
The cirl bunting bird was described as fairly well distributed in Jersey in the 1950s, yet its decline as a breeding species has been constant since then, and in 2005 no breeding pairs were recorded.
The wild strawberry was described as frequent prior to 1984, being known then in at least 40 sites across the Island. Since 1998 it has reduced to approximately 8 sites.
Formerly very common in the Island, the toad has declined substantially in the latter half of the twentieth century and is now restricted to possibly as few as 3 remaining natural breeding sites in the west of the Island. The vast majority of toad breeding populations in the island now appear to be small, privately-owned gardens.
A survey by Frances Le Sueur in 1976 showed that stoats were present islandwide although it is presumed that they were never numerous. By 2000 stoats appeared extinct.
In the 1990s the yellowhammer population was estimated at 50 birds predominantly along the north coast. However, by 1998 only 10 singing males could be found and the population continued to decline steadily to 1 male and 1 female by 2005.
Who are the partners?
The following groups are among those included in the partnership:
- Action for Wildlife Jersey
- C.S Conservation
- Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Guernsey Biological Record Centre
- Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group
- Jersey Barn Owl Network
- Jersey Bat Group
- Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group
- Jersey Trees for Life
- Little Green Man
- New Era Veterinary Hospital
- Société Jersiaise
- St Helier in Bloom
- St Martin in Bloom
- The National Trust for Jersey