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Welcome to the Jersey Biodiversity Centre

The Jersey Biodiversity Centre was opened in 2013 with the participation and support of Environment Guernsey, the Société Jersiaise and the States of Jersey Department of the Environment. We are a small charity organisation that collates, manages and disseminates information about all aspects of Jersey’s wildlife, ecology and natural environment.

Our purpose?

The Biodiversity Centre collects records of all living organisms in Jersey. All species records are sought, from modern databases to old published records and private notes. We maintain a database of these records on an electronic mapping system using detailed aerial photographs of Jersey and make the records publicly available so that the island and its wildlife can benefit from this information.

What are the benefits to Jersey?

  • Data is available for professional researchers, students, schools or those who are curious about some aspect of Jersey’s natural history.
  • The records allow the identification of plant and animal groups where knowledge in Jersey is lacking.
  • Species that threaten the island’s ecology such as Japanese knotweed, pheasants and other non-native plants and animals can be monitored.
  • The Centre can offer educational activities such as talks and practical workshops for different wildlife.
  • Trends can be identified establishing if species are increasing, declining or remaining stable. This information is essential in order to efficiently target limited resources on nature conservation efforts.
  • Without the Centre unpublished records might be lost to future generations.
  • The data held by the Centre is necessary for an effective strategy to protect Jersey’s biodiversity, without this information there is a risk that rare plants, animals and fungi will inadvertently be lost.

Association of Jersey Charities – membership number AJC452

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Recent News

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Guide to Jersey Amphibians

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Toad Watch 2018

Toad Watch 2018

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Banded Centipede Identification

Banded Centipede Identification

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