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  • Without the Centre unpublished records might be lost to future generations.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

Jersey Toadwatch 2016 - Get Involved!

Jersey Toadwatch 2016 - Get Involved!

April 27th, 2016

Help the iconic Jersey crapaud (toad) by completing a quick and simple online survey. JERSEY TOADWATCH 2016 - Fur[...]

Earthworm Survey

Earthworm Survey

April 20th, 2016

Join the earthworm survey at: http://earthwormwatch.org/content/welcome-earthworm-watch Please also send any reco[...]

Andrena agilissima

Andrena agilissima

June 26th, 2015

Andrena agilissima, female (Photo S Woodward & H Ikin)  [...]

Tachina lurida

Tachina lurida

June 12th, 2015

This is the first Channel Islands record of the fly Tachina lurida, Trinity 2014, (photo copyright T Ransome)[...]