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September 2008
News Stories
Investigation continues
Labaguette 1 Year
Mike Jackson re-elected
Vandalism at Quennevais
Colourful Tribute
Connetable's message
CO to PC
Ta to the TA!
life in the wild!
Blooming success for Max
Record uni places
Stir at Regs Garden!
Les Quennevais Sharks
Les Creux Bowls Club
Its another Knockout!
Jersey Petanque Club
Warren Farm update
Red Cross pilot scheme
Grehound Rescue
"It's a fair cop"
St. Aubin Christmas ligh
Britain in Bloom
"Your Joking"
Les Creux, life in the wild!
Its hardly surprising that wildlife tends to find such conditions much to its liking.
by Mike Stentiford MBE

When it comes to wide open spaces along Jerseys south coast, I have always looked upon Les Creux and the Beauport headland as being one of a quartet of sisters her siblings being Noirmont, Portelet and la Lande du Ouest (Gorselands).

With all four sites gaining maximum sunshine points during the summer months, its hardly surprising that wildlife tends to find such conditions much to its liking.

Plant-life especially offers a somewhat Mediterranean feel to the area, a fact that can be appreciated by the occasional patches of Purple-vipers bugloss and the coastal scatterings of Holm oak.

So often, these little copses of evergreen oaks which tumble down the cliff faces give a strong impression of being olive trees a mainstay for the bays popularity I guess.

While Gulls and Shags obviously dominate the coastal fringes of Les Creux, wildlife of a more secretive nature much prefer the hidden anonymity of the open grassland tracts.

To be honest, though, the multitudes of invertebrates that thrive as part of the food chain in this environment are hardly ever seen by us.

Nevertheless, crickets, beetles, grasshoppers and a whole host of spiders, including a particularly striking yellow and black chap commonly known as a wasp spider, live out their short hazardous lives amongst the tough grasslands and tangled vegetation.

Shrews and voles also surrender themselves as important members of the pecking order as verified by the constant appearance at Les Creux of breeding Kestrels.

And, although not always appreciated by visitors to the site, the sporadic patches of bramble - untidy to some but a safe refuge for wildlife provide ideal nesting sites for Whitethroats, small warblers that return each summer from Tropical Africa.

From time to time, a conservation seed mix has been planted during the first half of the year in one or two of the field margins. This fine mixture of seed-giving plants offers great sustenance to small flocks of birds during the lean months of winter Greenfinches, Chaffinches and Goldfinches especially taking advantage of this rich free bounty.

So, whatever the season, the grasslands and coastal headland of Les Creux have a lot to offer the casual walker although making acquaintances with its many wild inhabitants does require a modicum of patience and a sharpness of eye.

But, its likely to be well worth it believe me!
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