Marine Biology Section © 2018
‘Les Minquiers are an assemblage of rude, irregular, dreary rocks rising as it were like so many needles out of the sea.’ So wrote Captain Martin White in 1812 of this remote and unforgiving complex of reefs and sandbanks situated 20 km south of Jersey.
Despite Captain White’s misgivings, Les Minquiers are one of the wonders of the natural world. At over 300 km2 the reef is larger than most British cities and is home to some of the most extraordinary scenery, wildlife, geology and archaeology anywhere in Europe. And yet until now Les Minquiers have remained largely unexplored and undocumented.
‘There is perhaps no area of comparable extent in the British Isles about which so little is known,’ wrote the celebrated geologist Dr Arthur Mourant in 1977.
This new book contains the findings of a small team of volunteers from Jersey who, in 2012, set out to study the natural, historical and cultural features of Les Minquiers.
Everything has been documented, from the prehistoric archaeology of the reef’s lone island to its marine biology, geology and ornithology. They also explored the cultural history of Les Minquiers, revealing a story rich in shipwrecks, smuggling, fishing lore and a 150-
Each page of this highly readable book shows why Les Minquiers are such a magnificent natural feature whose beauty and significance deserves to be recognised by the wider world.
‘I can honestly say that what the authors of this book have done stands as an achievement on a global scale.’
Charles Clover, author The End of the Line
|Mermaids' Purses Results|
|Blonde and Undulate Rays|
|Other Ray Species|
|Project Ormer gallery|
|Project Ormer Update|
|Dolphin Sightings Heatmap|
|Dolphin Smartphone App|
|Annual Public Lecture|
|Les Minquiers - A Natural History|
|Channel Island Marine Molluscs|
|Non-native Species in the Channel Islands|
|Marine Fish of the Channel Islands|
|SJ Recorder App|
|Key Marine Habitats|
|Non-native Marine Species|
|No Mobile Fishing Areas|
|Worm and Clam Beds|