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Channel Islands
The islands lie in the English Channel off the western coast of France and include Guernsey, Jersey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the smaller islets of Brechou, Jethou and Lihou.

After the Norman Conquest in 1066 the then French controlled islands became part of England when their ruler, the Duke of Normandy, became William I. Whilst all other Norman possessions in France were lost over the following centuries, the Channel Islands are the only part to have stayed as British territory.

Norman Conquest

Writers and Poets
The naturalist and writer Gerald Durrell died on the island of Jersey in 1995. He combined his interests of zoology and writing to pubish many autobiographical books on his experiences with wildlife and nature including My Family and Other Animals about his childhood on Corfu. He founded a series of institutions on Jersey, including the island's zoo, to encourage the protection and preservation of wildlife and the conservation of nature.

Gerald Durrell

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