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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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Let us honor our patriots

The media often focuses on officials and other highly placed persons who have the ability to influence events and thus win acclamations. But in many cases the real heroes are those working as volunteers in communities and in grass roots organisations. This is not an exception in Seychelles.


Terence Vel ringing bird in the field

It was announced this week that  Terence Vel, a local conservationist has won a BP Conservation Program (BPCP) Award for 2006. Terence works for Nature Seychelles, a non-governmental, charitable organisation but he spends a large part of his spare time as a volunteer with the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles, the outstanding NGO that works with Seychellois children. Terence makes it his vocation to ensure that the children of Seychelles are aware of the value of their fantastic natural environment.

It was only last year that Terence took part in an exciting project to study the sousouri banan,  which was undertaken jointly by several British universities and Nature Seychelles with the close collaboration of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The sousouri banan is possibly the rarest bat in the world. Whist doing this scientific work, Terence felt it was vital that young people, tomorrow’s leaders and conservationists, learned more about the bat in case it disappeared forever.  

Defying conventional wisdom, Terence organized a visit by Wildlife Clubs to a place where bats could be seen foraging for food. The field trip was an astounding success. It was the first time that anyone on the trip had seen these bats. One young Seychelloise said it was a humbling experience to have observed such a rare and mysterious part of the Seychelles’ natural heritage, one that only handful of people have ever seen.

The award that Terence has received is a cash prize of US Dollars 25,000.00. It is to support his work during last years’ bat project. The funds will be used to build a local conservation team to do more work on the bat and to undertake community awareness and education. Terence says that Rachel Bristol from Nature Seychelles and Perley Constance  from the Ministry proved to be the best team for the bat work and he hopes others will become interested as well.

The BPCP is an international scheme started in 1985  by the oil company BP with four international conservation organisations as partners.   The Program aims to contribute to long-term environmental conservation and sustainable development by encouraging and engaging potential leaders in conservation, and providing opportunities for them to gain practical skills and experience. It has certainly honored one of our own here in Seychelles.


By Nirmal Jivan Shah, Nature Seychelles CEO, March 23rd, 2006


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