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August Walk Dates Listed

February 1st, 2015

Guided walks in Jersey. Dates of our walks on the seabed to the end of August are now listed here.

Christmas & New Year Walking Dates Added

December 12th, 2014

Guided walks to Seymour Tower &  Bioluminescence walks during the holidays.Dates and times.

Walking on the Moon for World Wetlands Day

February 9th, 2014
Standing on the seabed at Karame beacon Jersey

Karame beacon almost 2 miles from Jersey

The South East Coastal Ramsar Wetlands site in Jersey is one of the more unusual Ramsar wetland areas. This year World Wetlands day coincided with the lowest tide of the year – ideal for Derek and Trudie Hairon of Jersey Walk Adventures to organise a seabed walk to explore this remarkable world. Jersey’s South East Coast Ramsar area was designated a wetlands site in 2000 – the first in Jersey.

Jersey has tidal ranges of up to 12m. On 2nd February the low tide reached 0.4m. Whilst others sat down for lunch a small group together with a journalist of BBC Radio Jersey headed almost 2 miles offshore to Karame beacon, a navigational tower that most people only see when they pass by in a boat.

This walk is only possible on the lowest tides of the year so advance booking is essential. You’ll find dates listed here.

Octopus in Jersey

Octopus on a Scallop shell

The walks are often called “Mooonwalks” due to the remarkable landscape of rocks, shingle and sand bars, which are revealed at low tide, and a labyrinth of gullies and wide rivers. However, unlike the lunar landscape the intertidal zone is a world which is full of marine life.

The walk aimed to raise awareness of the unique biodiversity of the area and reconnect people with the marine environment. Cameron from BBC Radio Jersey joined us and produced a short radio documentary of the walk which highlighted our favourite topics – as well as letting us hear what we sound like to our clients. Hopefully we did not sound to bad.

There were many exciting finds: whelks busy egg laying, a few sand-eels, blue rayed limpets feeding on laminaria seaweeds, further a tiny octopus, some scallops and numerous varieties of clams.

Whelks laying eggs

Whelks laying eggs

For many the walk was an opportunity to explore one of the remotest areas of Jersey and experience the islands very own wilderness. Considering how low the tide was many in our party were surprised at how few people were out low water fishing. This reveals how much we have lost contact with one of our island traditions.

Go back a couple of generations and the Violet Bank would have been mobbed with islanders gathering their supper. My mother recalls my grandfather going low water fishing and popping a limpet into his mouth first thing down at the beach. He’d spend the next few hours chewing – like chewing gum – the limpet as he harvested a seafood meal for the family.

Violet bank Ramsar site in Jersey

Violet bank

Three of our group even manged to head home with their pockets stuffed full of clams and shellfish. Enough to make an evening meal of freshly foraged food and reconnect with our traditions. The sharing of the catch took place in the nearby Seymour Inn afterwards.

A short report was submitted to the Ramsar Convention World Wetlands Day website.

More photos are on our Facebook page.

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Walk on Dry Land for World Wetlands Day on 2 February

January 27th, 2014
beyond Seymour tower

Explore almost 2 miles from shore

World Wetlands Day 2014 is on Sunday 2nd February. Keep your Wellington boots (almost) dry and join Derek and Trudie Hairon from Jersey Walk Adventures on one of the lowest tides of the year. They’ll be heading for Karame beacon to explore the seabed almost 2 miles from shore in the South East Coastal Ramsar Wetlands Site. Karame is a spot yachtsmen usually sail around, not stand upon.

Discover the rock pools and marine life of this remarkable area on World Wetlands Day.

Advance booking is essential as group size is limited both for safety and to appreciate this remarkable experience.

Walks:

Feb 1 Saturday- The Two Towers walk to Icho and Seymour Towers at 1200

Feb 2 Sunday- Walk to the end of Jersey. Karame Beacon 2 miles offshore at 1245. Join us on World Wetlands Day 2014 in the South east coastal Ramsar Wetlands site on one of the lowest tides of the year.

About World Wetlands day

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Exploring beyond Seymour Tower

Jersey’s South East Coastal Ramsar Wetlands Site was established 13 years ago to protect and draw attention to the unique marine environment of Jersey.

Named after the town in Iran where the Convention was officially created in 1971, the Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for international cooperation and conservation. At the centre of the Ramsar philosophy is the concept of “wise use”.

“Wise use” has at its heart the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources, for the benefit of islanders and visitors alike.

From its early and controversial beginnings in Jersey which saw the creation of the South East Coastal Ramsar Wetlands Site the concept has gained local acceptance. Jersey now boasts the somewhat unusual distinction of having more square kilometres of Ramsar designated wetlands areas than it has dry land – Jersey 118 sq km compared to 187.56 sq km Ramsar area!

Jersey has designated 4 Ramsar sites:

  • South East Coast of Jersey – 32.10 sq km
  • Les Écréhous & Les Dirouilles – 54.59 sq km
  • Les Minquiers – 95.75 sq km
  • Les Pierres de Lecq (The Paternosters) – 5.12 sq km

Walks on the Lowest Tides of the Year in Jersey

January 27th, 2014

Feb 1 Saturday- The Two Towers walk to Icho and Seymour Towers at 1200

Feb 2 Sunday- Walk to the end of Jersey. Karame Beacon 2 miles offshore at 1245. Join us on World Wetlands Day in the South east coastal Ramsar Wetlands site on the lowest tides of the year!

December & January 2014 Walk Dates Added

November 10th, 2013

Christmas and January 2104 guided walks on the seabed. New dates added.

Last Fungi Foray this Season

November 3rd, 2013

Join us on our last Fungi Foray of 2013 on Sunday 10 November at 1000. Learn about fungi and foraging in Jersey bush walk. Details

24 & 25 July Walks are now Fully Booked

July 10th, 2013

Two Towers on 24 July and Karame on 25 July are now fully booked. Other dates are listed here.

Crossing Jersey’s Intertidal Reef to the Seymour Tower

June 17th, 2013

Anthony Toole writes about his walk on the seabed to Seymour tower for BucketTripper.

Wild Vegetables of the Ocean. A Culinary Seaweed Walk

April 29th, 2013

Tuesday 30 April. Wild Vegetables of the Ocean. A Culinary Seaweed Foray. 15.30

Discover the uses of seaweeds in cookery and medicine. Details

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