Discover a wealth of natural beauty in Jersey’s landscapes. One by one each season and changing tide, showcases the island in a different light and colours. Each as relevant and enchanting as the one before.
Jersey’s natural environment is diverse, clean and beautiful. The island’s mild temperate climate and close location to the UK and Europe, have shaped the environment. There is 48.5 miles of unspoilt coastline to discover, whilst breathing in fresh, salty sea air. With many stunning beaches to choose from, you’re always near the water’s edge. Take the time to explore, the rare nature on shoreline at low tide. Seek out, many of the inland lanes and paths, which pass through different landscapes. From farming fields to hidden woods and from cliffs tops to leafy valleys. The island’s natural beauty capture your attention.
Jersey has over 25 beaches and bays, where you and your family find space to relax throughout the seasons. Many have car parks, easy access and WC facilities. In summer, the beaches are popular with all who enjoy being in the sea or playing on the sands. In winter, wandering on empty beaches and embracing the elements is part of the joy of island life.
The golden sands of St Ouen's Bay in the west, with the Atlantic surf rolling in twice a day. This produces a good beach for surfing and hosts one of the oldest surfing clubs in Europe. There are popular surf spots across the bay, for all surfing abilities. The iconic lighthouse at Corbiere marks the most south-west point of Jersey. At low tide rock pooling is great activity for all wanting to learn about the Jersey sea shore.
There are a variety of beaches, harbours and bays in the east. From the secluded smooth pebble beach of Archirondel bay to the wide sandy bay of Grouville. Most of the beaches are sheltered from western winds. With village harbours like Gorey, to local moorings like La Rocque, each one offers a gentle strolls along the pier.
Jersey's southern bays are easy to access, with St Aubin’s vibrant fishing harbour and the golden sands on St Brelade’s Bay. Portelet with its cliffs shelters the beach and at low tide you can walk to Ile au Guerdain in the centre of the bay. Beauport is a steep incline down to a secluded beach. Ouaisné is joined to St. Brelade’s Bay and is even connected at low tide which makes it’s a popular choice.
On the dramatic north coast, many wild cliff paths lead down into sheltered bays. Each one showing views on the French coast. There are 5 main beaches in the north Greve de Lecq, Plemont, Bonne Nuit, Bouley bay and Rozel Bay. There are other bays and coves which have access either by boat or through private land.
You can drive through Jersey’s leafy green, narrow lanes, which weave across the countryside. Many of these lanes mark out the edges of farming fields and the faint sound of a tractor passes in the distance. These scenic routes lead from countryside to coast.
The green and brown tones of the countryside creates a great patchwork as you fly over the island. Fields piled with seaweed on top of the soil, showing traditional farming methods. Jersey Royal potatoes growing on steep sloping fields. They are unique to the island and produce prized milk. Many farmers keeping natural hedgerows to border their land. This create habitats for local wildlife and birds.
Other countryside land is cared for by The National Trust for Jersey. They also look after for 28 historic buildings and 19 kilometres of public footpath. They are largest private landowner in the island.
Some of these footpaths starts as cliff paths with views of the sea and coast of France and then wander through the fields inland. Due to limited light pollution, Jersey’s countryside hosts clear night sky gazing at the stars.
Inland, there are beautiful, woodland areas that cover hills and valleys. All have a variety of trees species, which show brilliant autumnal colours and provided great shade in the summer months. There are 4 main areas of woodland in Jersey and each of these are accessible to the public.
St Peter's Valley is a relatively sheltered woodland in the west. You can follow the sweeping woodland footpaths or use the cycle path to explore. There are 2 car parks; one next to the Moulin de Quétivel and one further up St. Peter’s Valley by the mill pond. There are toilets and refreshments located at Le Moulin de Quétivel and the Victoria in the Valley pub.
St Catherine's woods is a beauty spot in the east of the island, with a small car park and easy access. Look out for native red squirrel, woodpeckers and tree creepers. You can step across stones running over streams and play on the rope swings which are popular with all.
Le Saie woodlands in St Martin’s parish, above Rozel bay leading inland. Discover Neolithic tombs surrounded in the trees. Vallée des Vaux is a small woodland habitat. The valley is only a short walk or cycle ride from the north of St Helier.
Jersey has an incredible diversity of wild habitats and native species, even though it is small in size. The island’s mild climate and geographical position between England and France. This make Jersey a crossroads for wildlife. With plants and animals unique to Jersey such as green lizards, wild orchids and agile frogs, coexisting alongside species commonly found in more northerly regions of Europe.
Small burrowing animals, like rabbits, moles, shrews, voles and wood mice habitat across the island. Some bats and birds are vulnerable, the conservation of wildlife law provides local protection.
The National Trust for Jersey cares for many important nature conservation sites. These support native wildlife and large amount of migrating birds, throughout the seasons.