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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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SUPERNATURE MAN LEAVES EARTH

Fighting tears in his eyes, Nirmal remembers another scion of Seychelles conservation Lyall Watson a science writer, conservationist and polymath who passed on, recently.

[ROCHE CAIMAN 15TH/07/08]Lyall Watson, one of my role models, quietly passed away on June 25th. He had been struggling with cancer for some time. Best known for his international best seller "Supernature" which was reprinted 10 times and translated into 8 languages, he researched many subjects in scores of countries, had a PhD earned under Professor Desmond Morris (of "Naked Ape" fame), appeared in his own television shows and wrote twenty five other books. What is less known is that he was a Seychelles aficionado, visiting the country regularly and unfailingly meeting up with my father and I.

I was a young boy when I first met Lyall. He was here for some weeks and I vividly recall zooming around St. Anne and other islands in his orange Zodiac and snorkeling on what were then almost pristine reefs. The next time he appeared was as Cruise Director of the Lindblad Explorer and I spent time with him sailing to Fregate and Cousin.

But his ground-breaking (and little known) contribution to Seychelles conservation was his role in the International Whaling Commission. I remember intense discussions in the mid 1970’s between him, my father and others at my Dad’s house on the subject of conservation of whales.  

In 1977, with a clear mandate from the new President of Seychelles, Mr. Albert Rene, Lyall and Sydney Holt (a brilliant fisheries scientist and conservationist) set off around the Indian Ocean to persuade coastal countries to join an Indian Ocean Alliance which would lobby for an Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The process was funded by the Threshold Foundation set up by Prince Sharam of Iran who had the lease on Darros Island.

Mr. Rene made Lyall the first Seychelles’ Commissioner for Whales (and Sidney Holt, who became the  bệte noire of the Japanese, Scientific Advisor). He represented the country at the International Whaling Commission where the Seychelles Resolution for an Indian Ocean Sanctuary was successfully passed in 1979, one of the most significant events in international conservation.

Lyall continued to visit us and never failed to bring autographed copies of his best selling books. He wrote in my father’s guest book once: “Kanti is more than a man, he is an idea, an international conspiracy, a spider who sits in a vast web of knowledge tugging at the strings just to see what happens. We happen. Strange minds following strange paths we get tangled in his web..”. In one of his letters, Lyall acknowledged the great inspiration he had received from my father.

I had the privilege to continue Lyall’s work when I took over as Commissioner for Whales, with  Sidney Holt as my Scientific Advisor. I cherish the autographed books he gave me, including one on whales and dolphins in which I found an omission in the identification key of an uncommon beaked whale when trying to identify beached specimens at Cascade, near the International Airport. His response to my fax at the time was: “Nature is more mysterious than we shall ever know”[ENDS]

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