The Peregrine Wealth team recently formed a conservation work party in collaboration with the Guernsey Conservation Volunteers. Work parties provide an opportunity to get outdoors and undertake hands-on conservation work in Guernsey’s natural environment.
The work party, the second one that Peregrine Wealth has participated in, focused on removing 3.5 tonnes of sour fig from L’Ancresse Common. This invasive non-native plant has a negative impact on the native species of the island. The sour fig is fast growing and blankets areas of the coastal headlands, destroying native plants and habitats. Once the fig is removed, the native seeds sitting dormant in the soil can begin to grow again, which will support the return of a variety of insects to feed.
The team were particularly surprised when considering the before and after pictures of the site, as the scale of the transformation became evident. Assistant Manager of Platforms, Leonie Bell, said: “It was a pleasure to give back to the island by undertaking satisfying work in such a beautiful location.”
Before clearing After clearing