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 not-for-profit organization that collates, manages and disseminates information about all aspects of Jersey’s wildlife, ecology and natural environment.

What do we do?

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 provide practical help with classroom activities, project work, nature gardens and outdoor activities.
  • 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  • Without the Centre unpublished records might be lost to future generations.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.

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Recent News

Slow Worm's in Jersey

Slow Worm's in Jersey

June 6th, 2017

(Written by Aurelie, Student at the Jersey Biodiversity Centre 2018.) Sunday, I assisted with a lizard survey near La G[...]

Conservation and Tourism - International Biological Diversity Day

Conservation and Tourism - International Biological Diversity Day

May 22nd, 2017

  (Written by: Sarah Maguire May 2017) Biodiversity in Jersey draws people from around the world. We are a unique is[...]

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber

Red Valerian - Centranthus ruber

May 19th, 2017

Researched and written by Dominic Hodnett for the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, May 2017.   Red Valerian is per[...]

Violets in Jersey

Violets in Jersey

May 8th, 2017

  Researched and written by Dominic Hodnett for the Jersey Biodiversity Centre, April 2017. Perhaps one of the ea[...]