Highlights: One of the larger reedbeds on the island
Access: Limited at present
Perrys Guide: 7 G4
View over the reedbed
Aerial Photo
Aerial Photo
Nature Reserves

Le Grand Pré

This piece of land is mostly owned by the States of Guernsey and leased to La Société Guernesiaise. A boardwalk which was installed some years ago was now fallen into disrepair and is possibly dangerous. There are plans to replace this with a walkway on an earth bank in 2007, the material for which will be provided by enlarging/clearing existing scrapes and ponds on the reserve.

Le Grande Pré provides an important habitat for breeding Reed Warblers, and Cetti's Warblers and Reed Buntings have been sporadic breeders. Over the past 40 years, Cetti's Warblers have come and gone as a breeding species but have not been able to firmly establish a breeding population on the islands.

During spring and autumn the reedbed supports large numbers of migrating Reed and Sedge Warblers and Swallows and Sand Martins use the area as a roost. A Yellow Wagtail roost was once a regular feature of the site but numbers in recent years have been much lower. Grasshopper Warblers are regular in autumn and the occasional Aquatic Warbler, Melodious Warbler and Wryneck have been picked up by ringers. In winter, Bitterns have been occasioanlly recorded.

Digimap Limited has kindly provided the funds for building a bird hide on the site. It is an important site for wildlife, and contains the largest reed bed in the island, but it is not very accessible at present, so this account will be enlarged upon once remedial work has been carried out.

Board Walk
Board Walk
The old board walk
View over the meadow to the reedbed


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