World Wetlands Day, which takes place annually on the 14th January, is a global celebration to raise the awareness of the importance of wetlands for people and our planet.
This year, The Biodiversity Partnership are teaming up with Lihou Charitable Trust and The Clean Earth Trust to host a family fun day to explore the wetlands of Lihou.
The event will take place on the 31st January with activities including rock pooling, family games, a nurdle hunt, beach clean and treasure hunt. The schedule is as follows:
- 12:30pm – Meet on the Guernsey side of the causeway. Explore the rockpools across the causeway. The Clean Earth Trust will carry out a nurdle hunt/microplastics survey.
- 2pm – Hot drinks, snacks and family games at Lihou house. Bags will be provided for a litter pick along the important bird areas, ready for when the birds come to nest.
- 3:50pm – Start walking back to Guernsey
- 4:15pm – Causeway closed
“Wetlands support incredible biodiversity, forming links for migratory birds across the world. They provide flood defence and are a natural solution to climate change. This year marks the 50th year since the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Locally we have two Ramsar sites, designated as wetlands of international importance, one covering Lihou Island and L’Erée Headland and the other covering Herm, Jethou and the Humps,” explains Biodiversity Officer, Julia Henney.
There is no charge for the day but any donations will go towards Lihou Charitable Trust and The Clean Earth Trust who help conserve our wetland habitat. The event is open to all ages, and those interested in attending are invited to register here.
Participants are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing and wellies, as well as a reusable mug. More information can be found on the Facebook page of The Biodiversity Partnership Group, Lihou Trust or The Clean Earth Trust.