Introducing ‘Buroo’ the Puffin…GOWER signs up for the Guernsey Puffin Parade
We are delighted to be involved as a sponsor of one of the Puffins in the 2023 Guernsey Puffin Parade! Following on from previous parades of Cows, Donkeys and Goats, the 2023 version will raise money for Autism Guernsey and the GSPCA. This parade will feature 62 Puffins that will go on display around the island from April next year, to coincide with the return of Puffins for the 2023 breeding season.
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 but can be seen in the Bailiwick from late spring to early summer breeding in the islands, mainly around Herm and Burhou (a small un-inhabited island south-west of Alderney).
The Puffin Parade is very much a community event and everyone can get involved. The individually painted 4-foot Atlantic Puffin sculptures will be decorated by local artists, clubs and community groups, schools, charities and day centres. The puffins are made of high-quality fibreglass and will be placed on plinths. Gower’s Puffin has been named ‘Buroo’, after the small Island off Alderney, where around 100 pairs of Atlantic Puffin reunite after nine months at sea.
Gower has teamed up with the Guernsey Alzheimer’s Association whose members and carers will be decorating Buroo based on sea life in the Bailiwick and their memories of trips to the local seaside. Buroo will be with them for the next few months, and we’ll be updating our social media channels with their progress. Then from next April, Buroo will be on display in the foyer of Weighbridge House offices in Le Pollet for everyone to enjoy viewing. We are looking forward to being involved and updating on progress over the coming months.
Pictured: Jo, Ness, Julie and Jenny from Guernsey Alzheimer's Association, Buroo the Puffin, Paul and Hannah from Gower.