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Locations - La Blinerie

La Blinerie

This area, just a couple of miles to the east of St Helier contains the remnants of a marsh at Rue des Pres, now much degraded.

This marsh does still attract some interesting birds such as Common Snipe, Jack Snipe, Common Teal, Cetti’s Warbler and the occasional Bluethroat during migration. It is, though, best known now for the Little Egret colony on its eastern boundary. Up to 150 Little Egrets roost here, alongside Grey Herons and, since 2002 have bred.

In 2003 there were 20 nests, but numbers have since reduced greatly, at this site, probably due to the presence, nearby of Marsh Harriers, with birds roosting at various sites around the Island, best viewed during high tide.

Getting There

Leave St Helier east along La Route du Fort and Victoria Road. At the sharp right turn on Victoria Road, turn second left, into La Rue de la Blinerie. This road is a Green Lane, do not exceed 15 mph, please!
Turn left into La Rue du Coin and stop after 150m, by the metal gate. The view will be as above, maybe minus the cows! The egret colony is in the far line of trees, but please do not enter the fields which are private property.

Perry’s Guide 52C5

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