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Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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Are Killer Mice a danger to Seychelles?

Supersize mice are eating seabird chicks alive on Gough Island, my colleagues at the RSPB in UK informed me this week.
Despite misleading figures published by news agencies about the rodents eating one million seabirds each year, the threat is real. The projections are for example that the current 1.8m breeding pairs of petrels could be reduced by 50% over the next sixty years because of incredible attacks by predatory mice.

Gough Island, a world heritage site in the South Atlantic, is probably the most important seabird colony in the world with more than ten million birds. The island hosts 99 per cent of the world’s Tristan albatross and Atlantic petrel populations - the birds most often attacked by the overgrown mice. Just 2,000 Tristan albatross pairs remain.

An RSPB-supported research team which included Ross Wanless who did work on Aldabra, found that the house mice, three times the size of those normally found in Seychelles, attack at night. There are about 700,000 mice, which have somehow learnt to eat chicks alive, a behavior not found in mice elsewhere.

The chicks weigh up to ten kilograms, are nearly a metre tall and 250 times the weight of the mice but are largely immobile and cannot defend themselves. The mice weigh just 35 grams; it is like a tabby cat attacking a hippopotamus, Geoff Hilton of the RSPB told me.
Scientists suspect that the mice are also eating the eggs and chicks of the rare, ground-nesting Gough bunting, a small bird endemic to Gough. This species is one of the most worrying because there is no other population in the world.

Cousin and Cousine are the only seabird islands in Seychelles that are both rat and mice free. Important seabird islands like Bird and Aride do have mice and an obvious fear is that the rodents could start behaving like those on Cough.

This is of concern to the management of other islands where rats (but not mice) have been successfully eradicated recently and are in the process of island restoration by introducing rare birds. Birds like the Seychelles Magpie robin, Warbler and Fody may be vulnerable to “super mice”.

It is well known that flora and fauna can evolve to large sizes on isolated islands. Giant tortoises are a good example. However, this usually takes hundreds of thousands to millions of years, ending up with new species. In cold environments, like on Gough island, growing to a larger size in a much shorter time may be more common and more adaptive for small animals like mice.

Whatever the case may be, the last thing we want after spending so much money and effort  ridding islands of rats is a new problem with predatory mice.

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, published on The People Newspaper on 28th July 2005

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