The Bailiwick of Guernsey (which includes the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Lihou and Jehou) is not part of the UK. It is a 'possession of the British Crown' ...a Crown dependency....but governs itself and makes its own laws. Although the currency is pounds sterling, Guernsey produces its own notes and coins.
As is the case with all Crown dependencies/possessions (the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar) local sterling notes and coins have the same value but are not accepted in mainland UK. Mainland UK notes and coins are accepted in Guernsey, and you'll very often get them in change too, but if you use ATMs you'll get Guernsey notes. Guernsey, by the way, still uses pound notes and not pound coins.
Do make sure you're not left with any Guernsey notes or coins when you return to the UK because you won't be able to use them on the mainland. Banks will probably exchange the notes for you but coins will be useless. As I've found from my own experience, coins can't even be used in ticket machines or automatic supermarket checkouts: there must be a very slight difference in weight.
So, unless you want to be out of pocket and/or make a trip to your local bank, do check what's in your wallet/purse before you fly back home and make sure you spend your Guernsey money! :-)
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I always knew it.
Sheep can read!
In case you can not read the sign properly (it is me again, with my obsession concerning signs), underneath the word DANGER, it is written: Sheep drop to beach!
And to make my point.
Sheep are all over the area.
There is no one who actually leads the sheep over to this place, but on the other hand, there is (was) no fence or anything, that would stop the sheep of going to this particular place.
Otherwise the Island seemed to me a rather safe place altogether.
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