The official website for the States of Alderney

Ramsar Site

The United Nations Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention 1971) officially recognised Alderney's West Coast and Burhou Island as a 'Wetland of Worldwide Importance' in 2005. This ensures 'wise use' to protect and sustain the 1,500 hectares area, which includes the northern gannet colonies of Les Etacs and Ortac and the puffin colony of Burhou, through national plans, policies and legislation, management actions and public education. Strategic plans and yearly action plans are prepared to ensure the wise use of the site.

Various groups work together to advise, discuss their interests in the site, as well as manage and protect this Ramsar area to preserve it for the benefit of the island and the local wildlife.