Inter-Island Environment Meeting – Jersey, October 2014

SONY DSCThe organisers of this year’s Inter-Island Environment Meeting cordially invite you to Jersey. This year’s event will be hosted by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the States of Jersey, Department of the Environment and the Jersey Biodiversity Partnership at the Durrell Conservation Academy on 9th and 10th October.


At this stage the organisers are still hoping to hear from anyone interested in speaking at the meeting. So, please contact the organisers by 31st July (e-mail address at bottom of page) if you are interested. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting should also contact the organisers.

ITC Entrance 3 G GuidaTalks/presentations are invited from anyone. The first day’s focus will be on reports from plant and animal monitoring projects throughout the Channel Islands. We have presentations submitted so far on the Rare Plant Register, grass snake, wall lizard, common toad, Channel Islands seabirds, Jersey’s mammals and red-billed choughs. There are several slots available for further reports and we would like to hear from anyone wishing to give a presentation. Posters are welcome too.

Durrell_Education_063We do not yet have a theme for Day 2 (Friday 10th October) so would be very grateful for suggestions and, again, offers for presentations. We will decide on a theme following suggestions and any submissions and hope to include contributions from Isle of Man, UK and France. Gérald Mannaerts Coordinateur PANACHE  (Protected Area Network Across the Channel Ecosystem) is proposing to include a workshop relevant to this important project to include one or two of the most relevant subjects (citizen science, management of MPA, marine monitoring,…).

We plan to include an optional visit to the vicinity of the chough release aviary at Sorel in the afternoon of Day 2. This visit may, however, be dependent on the autumn weather (think Jersey in October) and chough activity!

Chough at Sorel. June 2014. Photo by Pierre Rauscher (1)

To help you now with your planning, the meeting will:

• Start on Thursday 9th October at 10am (preceded by coffee/registration from 9am) • Timings for the first day will be 10am – 6pm. Lunch: 1-30pm – 3pm.  Refreshment breaks in morning & afternoon • Timings for the second day will be 9am – 4pm. Lunch 12-30pm – 2pm. Refreshment breaks in morning & afternoon • There will be optional dinner out on Thursday evening (venue TBA) and an optional bar meal on Friday evening (venue TBA)

A small charge will be levied on all delegates to cover refreshments and lunches for Thursday and Friday (please let the organisers know in advance of any special dietary requirements). The charge is anticipated to be £25 per person for two days and will be collected at registration. Payment of the full fee will entitle the paying delegate to entry to the Durrell Wildlife Park.

For those who may be attending from outside of Jersey there are currently rooms available at the Durrell Hostel Other choices for accommodation can be seen here

If you are interested in attending or would like further details please contact Glyn Young, the Conference Organiser, as soon as possible.

The organisers look forward to hearing from you and to sharing what they hope will be an enjoyable and thought-provoking Inter-Island Environment Meeting!

Details of previous Inter-Island meetings can be seen here: 2012 and 2013.