World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands (2 February 1971), in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
As part of the World Wetlands Day celebrations in 2019, Le Hocq Tower in St Clement has opened its door as a new interpretation centre, giving people the opportunity to find out more about the history and unique marine environment of this special corner of Jersey.
The official opening by St Clement Deputy and Treasury Minister Susie Pinel took place on 2nd February, 2019 highlighting the Tower’s importance and spectacular location; it overlooks the South East Coast of Jersey RAMSAR site, which forms one of the largest intertidal reef sites in Europe and was designated as a Wetland of International Importance nearly two decades ago.
The fortified Jersey Round Tower is owned by the Parish of St Clement and leased to Jersey Heritage. It houses a series of pop-up banners, created by Jersey Heritage, telling the story of Le Hocq and its importance in the defence of the Island. There is also information about the geology of the area, the prehistoric landscape, RAMSAR site and wetlands birds.
The Tower will be open to the public on selected dates over the forthcoming summer seasons. Local Guides from the Jersey Tourist Guides Association (JTGA) and Jersey Uncovered will staff the tower whenever it is open and will be on hand to answer any questions.
If you are passing and you see the “Tower Open” sign, do come on in, we would love to see you.
Full list of opening times for Le Hocq Tower will be published as soon as this is known :