Sark politician calls for better protection of species

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A Sark politician has called for more cooperation between islands in the Bailiwick of Guernsey regarding biodiversity and species protection.

Conseiller Rosanne Guille said a recent workshop on the issue had highlighted the need to share knowledge.

She said Sark could benefit from sharing the expertise of naturalists from Guernsey, Alderney and Jersey.

The workshop, held earlier in the week, was part of the UN's Decade on Biodiversity initiatives.

It was attended by representatives from the islands of the Bailiwick, as well as the the Falkland Islands and Jersey.

Ms Guille said: "We've got over 1900 species of animals recorded, including marine species, and also over 1300 plant species record from Sark.

"It would be so useful to be able to link up with the other islands and people who have the knowledge from the other islands.

"It gives you a bit more information really about how to get started."

She said she was keen to do more to protect species in Sark.

"We're basically at the very beginning in Sark of looking at singing up to any sort of agreement," she said.

A questionnaire was sent to households in Sark, which included requests for views on environmental issues.

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