Herm, Jethou and the Humps given Ramsar status

View of Jethou from Herm Image copyright States of Guernsey
Image caption The area supports a "rich diversity of flora and fauna" including important breeding areas for sea bird species such as lesser black backed gull, puffin and shag

The Channel Islands of Herm and Jethou and the Humps have each been recognised as Ramsar sites.

The islands support a "rich diversity of flora and fauna" while the Humps, rocky islets off Herm, are home to a seal colony.

The Ramsar convention does not offer any legislative protection, but recognises the wetlands to be of international importance.

Environment Minister Yvonne Burford said she was "delighted" by the news.

Image copyright States of Guernsey
Image caption Herm Common was recognised for its cultural heritage, which includes numerous archaeological remains including Neolithic graves
Image copyright Michelle Hooper
Image caption The Humps are home to various bird species and a seal colony

The Bailiwick of Guernsey already has three Ramsar sites; one at Lihou island and the surrounding area, including L'Eree Headland, in Guernsey, the Gouliot Caves in Sark and Alderney's west coast including the Burhou Islands.

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