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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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Popular weed killer kills frogs

Recently, I came across the answer to a conundrum that had baffled me for some time. When the management of the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman changed hands about two years ago, I became aware of the lack of frogs in the wetland that makes up most of this site. Surely, I thought, such a relatively large standing body of water that is continuously fed by rain should have amphibians. Obviously, so many Tilapia fish in the wetland ate all the tadpoles. But areas that seasonally filled up with water and where there are no fish, never attracted frogs.  At first I thought the run-off from the road and the nearby sports complex car park was having an impact.

After two years the frogs have returned and now I believe I have the answer. The organization that previously managed the sanctuary used substantial amounts of the popular weed killer Roundup in an attempt to control the Typha reeds (zon) in the wetland. This did not work, but it may have affected the frog population.   It is has now been discovered that Roundup, the most popular weed killer in the world, is lethal to frogs and tadpoles in water and even in soil.

Experiments have found that even when applied at levels that are only at one-third of the maximum concentration, Roundup still killed about 70 percent of tadpoles. Adding soil to the experimental tanks in an attempt to absorb the Roundup did not make any difference; the tadpoles still died. Roundup  is not approved for use in water, although it was used in the wetland at Roche Caiman. But even when it is not applied in water, it can wind up anywhere because it is used in sprays, and in fact has been discovered in small waterbodies.  Studies of how Roundup affected adult frogs have found that the weed killer killed about 85 percent of frogs on land after only one day.

The news that Roundup is so lethal to frogs is bad news because this weed killer has been used extensively in Seychelles. The frogs at the Roche Caiman site are not endemic but what if endemic Sooglosid and tree frogs as well those rare endemic amphibians, the caecilians, have been affected in other areas? The frogs and caecilians are protected to a certain extent because many of them are located in the higher altitude forests where there is no human development. But, development is climbing further and further up, and what about the impacts of herbicides on other native fauna?

By Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles' CEO, published on The People Newspaper, Seychelles

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