THE GUERNSEY PUFFIN PARADE
Puffins are one of the most iconic and much loved birds that visit our shores in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. At less than 30cm in height the Atlantic Puffin lives out at sea for much of its life and each April we are blessed to see these comical little birds in full colour and splendour nesting and breeding along our coast. So many visitors and the local community love to see puffins and with this in mind Autism Guernsey and the GSPCA who rescue and help 1000’s of seabirds, decided to bring to our islands the ‘Puffin Parade’ which will coincide with the arrival of the puffins to breed in the Spring of 2023.
The Guernsey Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) was founded on the 14th February 1873 and in 2023 celebrates 150 years helping animals in Guernsey. With 1000’s of wild and domestic animals needing the help of the GSPCA every year, our education work, supporting the community and welfare work to prevent cruelty is truly 24/7 365 days a year. Without the support of the public we couldn’t achieve so much and we are delighted to team up with Autism Guernsey to bring the Puffin Parade to Guernsey to highlight both charities’ essential work and raise much needed funds
What is the Puffin Parade?
The Puffin Parade is very much a community event and everyone can get involved. It is made up of 62 x 4’ individually painted Atlantic Puffin sculptures created in the Philippines and decorated by local artists, clubs and community groups, schools, charities and day centres. The puffins are made of high quality, durable, cold cast poly-resin and fibreglass and will be placed on plinths around the island.
What’s Going On - When & Where?
The 62 puffins will go on display at various locations around our beautiful island of Guernsey - including local businesses, schools, local attractions and places of interest, churches, restaurants and local landmarks - at the beginning of April 2023 and will remain in position until end August 2023. They will then be auctioned off in September to raise funds for Autism Guernsey and GSPCA to continue carrying out their vital work supporting individuals impacted by autism and vulnerable animals in and round the Bailiwick.
In 2021 Autism Guernsey and the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project organised the Goat Trail which was extremely successful and raised over £80,000 for the charities. Autism Guernsey and the GSPCA are now organising a further parade for 2023 – the Puffin Parade.
When deciding on what kind of statue to use for this event, it was agreed that we would keep to the theme of animals and birds synonymous with the Bailiwick. After much deliberation puffins were the favourite choice, although larger than their normal size.
The Puffin Parade covers the majority of our beautiful island. How and when you complete the parade and the order in which you view the puffins is entirely up to you. You may choose to walk, cycle, drive or visit the locations by bus. There will be no specific timescale for completing the trail, however the competition and prize draw will end at the end of August 2023.
How Do I Become a Sponsor/ Artist
Download the Digital Puffin Parade Map
A route map is kindly being designed by Two Degrees North showing the locations of the puffins and will be available for free from the Bus Terminus shop. The map will also be found on this website as a download.
You will be able to download a digital version of the Puffin Parade Map to prepare for your journey by clicking on the button below:
The Puffin Parade app will be available for both iOS and Android devices. The app will be found by simply searching for the Puffin Parade in the app store. Although the app is free we ask that you kindly make a small donation via our giving.gg page
The app will assist you in finding the puffins, tracking the route, and you can take a photo with the puffin which will be stored on your app. You may also share the photos on social media. Once you have take your photos with the 62 puffins you will have the option to be entered into a draw to win a prize.
Please keep checking on our Puffin Parade Facebook page.
The Puffin Parade Quiz
For those of you who do not wish to use the app, there will be a written quiz on sale for £2 at various locations around the Island.
Entrants will need to identify the name, exact location and sponsor of each puffin. There will also be the option to enter a prize draw for those who identify all the puffins to be in with a chance of winning a prize.