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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.

Walking on the Moon for World Wetlands Day

February 9th, 2014

Ramsar World Wetlands day 2014 coincided with the lowest tide of the year – ideal for us to organise a seabed walk to explore this remarkable world. Read more

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.

Derek Hairon on Google+

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.

Les Écréhous charter boat trips and guided walk dates. 2013

February 8th, 2013

2013 dates of our day long charter boat trips and guided walks on Les Écréhous are now published.  These longer day trips allow you to enjoy this very special place.

Charter boat and walking tour dates for Les Écréhous.

 

 

Oysters in Jersey

November 30th, 2012
Travel gudies on Jersey Oysters

Oysters in Jersey by Susie Boulton

During the Summer freelance journalist and travel writer Susie Boulton joined us on one of our oyster trails to learn more about oysters and ormers in Jersey.

No luck finding any ormers but she had the chance to sample some delicious oysters.

Susie subsequently wrote up her experiences for Condor ferries on-board magazine.

Many thanks to Susie for supplying us with the article.

Fungi foray guided walks in Jersey

October 23rd, 2012
Lookng for Fungi in the woods in Jersey

The search is on

We’ve teamed up with an old school friend Nick Aubin to start guiding Fungi forays in search out wild mushrooms and toadstools in Jersey.

The difference between a Mushroom and Toadstool is not clear. The term gets used interchangeably. A rough guide is the nicer ones get called Mushrooms while the ugly ones are referred to Toadstools!

It’s not a foraging event as frankly the identification of fungi that is safe and not safe to eat is a lot more tricky than I’d thought. Get it wrong and you could get very very ill (or worse). Nick is a very keen Mycologist so he gets called in by the local hospital whenever someone arrives with suspected fungi poisoning. Just chatting with him about the complexities of identification a pretty good reason to look but not eat.

Fungi walks in Jersey

Fungi forays in the JEP

In the short time of the guided walk it’s not really feasible to teach you the skills to safely forage for edible fungi in Jersey. Sadly, unlike in France and Europe, local pharmacists are not trained to be able to identify fungi. This is one of the reasons why you often see window displays in French chemists to help people safely identify local fungi.

Most of us just ignore fungi, but the more you learn the more fascinating the fungi kingdom is. There are over 6000 species and many are hard to identify. Around 600 fungi have been identified in Jersey.

What makes the walks fun is that it is quite possible you might find some rare specimens. Also, the areas we walk in are full of history. Just need to be prepared to get a bit muddy and observe and photograph.

The walks are a bit limited to the seasons. We may have been complaining about the very wet summer but for the mycologist this is a prefect opportunity this year to find many different varieties of fungi in Jersey.

Our local newspaper published a great feature on our guided fungi walks in Jersey with Nick. More dates are listed on our web-page. So long as it stays nice and damp we hope to organise more walks during the Autumn, Winter and Spring months in Jersey.

Derek Hairon

Extra Bioluminescence walk added

July 29th, 2012

Thursday 16 August at 2300. Details

Call 07797853033 to book

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