Why was the Seabird Working Group established?
The Seabird Working Group was established in March 2009, following discussions regarding the declining population of puffins on the north coast. The group provides a forum for discussion and policy development on issues related to seabirds and the habitats they need for survival.
How does the group operate?
The group generally meets twice a year to discuss ongoing issues, such as:
- collecting and collating seabird monitoring data
- devising seabird monitoring programmes
- establishing voluntary exclusion zones in coastal locations during breeding seasons
- creating proactive media and public awareness
- wildlife crime and its policing
- assessment of predators
- impacts of commercial boat operators
Who is on the Seabird Working Group?
Membership of the group is not set and new members are very welcome. Currently the following organisations are represented within the group:
- Department of the Environment
- Société Jersiaise – Ornithology and Marine Biology sections
- National Trust
- Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Jersey Fishermen’s Association
- Jersey Recreational Fishermen’s Association
- Greve de Lecq Boat Owners Association
- Jersey Canoe Club
- Les Écréhous Residents Association