Portal:Channel Islands

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Channel Islands

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Hello, and welcome to the Channel Islands portal, with information relating to the 8 inhabited, and 11 uninhabited islands. The Channel Islands (in Norman they are the Îles d'la Manche, and in French the Îles Anglo-Normandes or Îles de la Manche) are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two separate bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy, and are not part of the United Kingdom. They have a total population of about 168,000 and their respective capitals, Saint Peter Port and Saint Helier, have populations of 16,488 and 33,500 respectively. The total area of the islands is 194 km2.

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Lihou (/ˈl/) is a small tidal island located just off the west coast of the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel, between Great Britain and France. Administratively, Lihou forms part of the Parish of St. Peter's in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and is now owned by the Parliament of Guernsey (officially known as the States of Guernsey), although there have been a number of owners in the past. The island is now jointly managed by the Guernsey Environment Department and the Lihou Charitable Trust, which was set up in 2006. In the past the island was used by locals for the collection of seaweed for use as a fertiliser, but today Lihou is mainly used for tourism, such as school trips. Lihou is also an important centre for conservation, forming part of a Ramsar wetland site for the preservation of rare birds and plants as well as historic ruins of a priory and a farmhouse.

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The Welsh dam Maentwrog Dam, which Paton worked on

Sir Thomas Angus Lyall Paton (10 May 1905–7 April 1999) was a British civil engineer from Jersey. He was commonly known by his second name, Angus. Paton was born into a family that had founded the civil engineering firms of Easton, Gibb & Son and Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners and he would spend his entire professional career working for the latter. Following his graduation from University College London one of his first jobs was the construction of a dam in Maentwrog in Wales (pictured). Paton later became an expert on dams and much of his career was devoted to their construction. (Full article...)

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La Coupée, which connects Little Sark to Great Sark.

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La Coupée connects Little Sark to Great Sark.

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