Geopark Gardiens


    Geopark Gardiens represent some of the organisations working with Aspiring Jersey Island Geopark. They champion Jersey’s unique landscapes and seascapes through their roles within our community and their passion for Island life.

    Each Gardien was asked about what makes this Island such a remarkable place.

    What are your favourites?

    Images by Melissa Rodrigues.


    Ralph Nichols – Geologist Société Jersiaise Lecturer, Teacher, Secretary for the Geology, Archaeology and Jèrriais Sections of Société Jersiaise.

    Favourite of Jersey’s Geology: Anne Port Bay to La Crête Point, St Martin. “My favourite geology is the Anne Port agglomerate and Anne Port rhyolite (Bouley Rhyolite Formation) with flow–banding, spherulitic rhyolite and columnar jointing. The columnar jointing at La Crête Point is similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland but has no crater!”

    Alex Woodman – Member Young Archaeologists’ Club

    “I have been a member ever since the Jersey Branch of Young Archaeologists’ Club started in 2017. I love archaeology because it is so unpredictable. You never know what you could find. Sometimes it could be nothing. Sometimes you could discover something completely unknown to science. The things I enjoy are being able to get hands on with the discoveries and finds unearthed in Jersey and visiting all of the dig sites which are usually out of bounds.”

    Favourite of Jersey’s Archaeology: Torques from the Le Catillon II Coin Hoard. “My favourite archaeological finds from Jersey are the torques in the coin hoard. There are 11 of these made of gold sheet wrapped around an iron core. This is the largest ever collection of these objects found in Europe. These items were really important to the people who buried the hoard.”

    Jerry Neil – Jersey National Park Officer Jersey National Park

    “Largely administrative, my role at this stage is helping to establish the Jersey National Park’s base at the Frances Le Sueur Centre in St Ouen’s Bay and to develop the centre as an information, education and events venue. Habitat maintenance and biodiversity conservation in the surrounding area will also be developed. I like the variety of the role, meeting new people, and developing new connections to the Park. I like that my work supports the conservation of the natural environment. I also work directly with great people who are so committed to the ideal of the Jersey National Park and its vision.”

    Favourite Place in Jersey: Sand dunes at La Braye, St Ouen’s Bay. “Standing on the dunes, you can experience the openness and feeling of space, seeing the Jersey National Park stretching out northwards and inland to the escarpment that cradles the whole Bay. You also see the sea, feel the breeze whilst looking at the miles of beach curved by the sea wall all the way to L’Étacq.”

    Sarah Maguire – Education and Outreach Officer Jersey Biodiversity Centre “

    Our main purpose is to collect and computerise biological records from the Channel Islands so that these can be used by amateur and professional naturalists, ecologists and other researchers. We run events and courses to help people connect to Jersey’s wildlife.”

    Favourite of Jersey’s Fauna: Buff-tailed bumblebee. “The Jersey sub species of buff-tailed bumblebee, despite the name, does not have a buff tail. It is also known as the Jersey white-tailed bumblebee. This bumblebee is a native pollinator to Jersey and can have active nests over winter. They nest underground often using small mammal holes with up to 500 workers in a nest. They can be found all over the Island, from gardens to sites of scientific interest.”

    Samantha Blampied PhD – Researcher, in affiliation with the University of Plymouth Blue Marine Foundation

    “For my PhD, which is part of BLUE’s wider project both here in Jersey and in the UK, I am studying the ecology and socioeconomics of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around Les Écréhous, Les Minquiers and southeast of Jersey to better understand the role MPAs have to play in conserving marine biodiversity and in creating more sustainable fisheries.”

    Favourite of Jersey’s Marine Life: Tope. “Tope is a species of shark found in our waters. They are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species as they are being unsustainably fished in other parts of the world. They can live up to 55 years so are a very slow growing species and also slow to reproduce meaning they take a long time to recover after being overfished. Sharks are a sign of a healthy ecosystem and hopefully the MPAs are providing a refuge for them.”