On a spring afternoon, the grassy headland is bursting with a joy that lifts the soul. Sunshine, blue sea and sky; splashes of golden gorse catch the light and bluebells sway in the breeze; larks float on air currents while gannets in their thousands swoop and screech on a rocky island below. This is the southern tip of Alderney, smallest of the three main Channel Islands. It has to be one of the most beautiful, tranquil and inspiring sights in the whole of Britain. But close your eyes, take your mind back 75 years . . . We are standing on the remains of a massive World War II gun emplacement -- a German gun. To the left, a small valley leads down to the cliff top.
An'enormous' Roman settlement has been unearthed in the Channel Islands. The 3.7 acre settlement – the largest ever discovered in the Channel Islands and nearby areas of France – was preserved by drifts of sand for thousands of years. Excavations on Longis Common in Alderney have revealed walls, a stone courtyard, pottery and coins. Experts say the sand could have buried the island's first main settlement after its occupants moved to where the modern town is now located. The site is thought to date back to the second century BC - considerably earlier than previous discoveries in the area.
As a child of refugees, my parents' narrative is missing huge gaps of information. In our data rich world, archivists are finally piecing together new clues of history using unmanned systems to reopen cold cases. The Nazis were masters in using technology to mechanize killing and erasing all evidence of their crime. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Treblinka, Poland. The death camp exterminated close to 900,000 Jews over a 15-month period before a revolt led to its dismantlement in 1943.
Nearly all of Alderney's 8,000 gannet nests are contaminated with plastic pollution, island conservationists say. As recently as 20 years ago, only small quantities were seen in the nests, the Wildlife Trust said. The plastic build-up in the breeding colonies is killing the seabirds, with some entangled gannets found hung or missing legs, it added. Around 2% of the global gannet population is thought to visit Alderney - the northernmost Channel Island. The plastics are largely from fishing industry rope or line, the trust said.