About Us

The Lihou Charitable Trust prides itself as an 'open' organisation that welcomes all persons who wish to help out in any way. This could be by joining the management committee or helping paint during maintenance weekends or serve teas on open days.

The Trust is made up of three Trustees, a management committee and one employed person who is the warden. The Trust's patron is Sir Richard Collas, The Bailiff of Guernsey.

The Lihou Charitable Trust is a Guernsey Registered Charity No. CH178 and also a member of the Guernsey Association of Charities No. 265.

The Lihou Charitable Trust is also very lucky to have the support of a sister organisation, The Friends of Lihou, who work constantly to assist in raising funds to help maintain the house and support the core work of The Trust.

The Lihou Charitable Trust is a body proud to have links with Guernsey organisations such as:

The Youth Commision
Guernsey Education Department
The Guernsey Association of Charities
Institute of Outdoor Learning
The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees
Sustainable Guernsey
Help a Guernsey Child
La Societe Guernesiaise
Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
St Peters Floral Guernsey

If you would like to help out, donate towards funds or join the committee, you would be most welcome to do so by contacting the Trust through the contact page.

Lihou resources

Lihou house generates its own drinking water, electricity and deals with its own sewage. Diesel for the generator and gas for the kitchen has to be transported to the island when needed. Please do not waste resources. Turn taps off when not in use. Turn the gas hob off when not needed. Turn off all lights when leaving a room and remind others to do the same.

Bird nesting and roosting

Throughout the year, but especially from the end of February until the end of July, it is important to respect the birds on the island. Please can you avoid the two main roosting sites
during the evenings:

  • The northern-most tip of the island
  • The roped area in front of the house called Lissroy (pronounced lee-roy).

The birds use the areas extensively for roosting throughout the year and nesting in the spring. At all times it is advisable to be cautious and aware when walking off the paths, as many nests are very difficult to spot and the eggs are very camouflaged.

Activities planned using the island outside of the grounds of the house must be done so with consideration to the environment and other island users. Consultation with the warden with
regards to the appropriateness of activities is advised.

Lihou Island is an important nature and conservation area and is listed as such under the RAMSAR convention. Please respect this during your stay.

Friends of Lihou

If you have enjoyed a visit to Lihou, value the opportunities that the island provides and would like to see the project go from strength-to-strength, why not support us by becoming a Friend of Lihou?

To join please email the Friends of Lihou or print the application form and send it to the address on the form.

As a Friend of Lihou you will be helping support:

  • Provision of a place where anyone can stay to experience the magical qualities of Lihou over a high water. We call it the 'Lihou experience'
  • Maintenance of the house and grounds for the benefit of all the people of Guernsey
  • Pay for a warden to be on hand when the house is occupied
  • Advance notice of fund raising events and concessions on the price of tickets
  • Advance notice for booking the house four weeks ahead of everyone else