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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.



  • 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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New buoys for Cousin Island

Nature Seychelles has received funding from a foundation in the United States that has enabled the purchase and installation of modern and purpose-built demarcation buoys around the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Cousin Island Special Reserve.

‘This is a vital piece in the management jigsaw, and is of crucial importance for the protection of the reserve,’ says Reserve Manager, Joel Souyave.

Buoys Zone: photo shows Cousin trainee wardens Fred Bambouche and David Baker holding mooring buoys on Cousin © C. Jameson

The MPA of Cousin extends approximately 400 metres from the high water mark, all around the island. Internationally, organisations involved with marine protected areas are calling on the managers of these sites to install both demarcation and mooring buoys. Cousin has had mooring buoys in place since 2003/04 to protect the marine habitats from boat anchors.

Scientific studies have shown that important fish communities depend on the marine reserve. Cousin is also considered to be the single most important nesting site for Hawksbill Turtles in Seychelles. The Reserve is used as a showcase for protected area management, and is a Demonstration Site for the International Coral Reef Action Network .

The reserve management enjoys an excellent relationship with local communities on neighbouring islands. However, fishers sometimes stray into the MPA. Discussions with fishing interests have revealed that this is mostly unintentional, because the boundary of the marine protected area had not been clearly marked.

‘Without demarcation buoys the public and the users are unaware of where marine protected areas end and where they begin’, says Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive. ‘This can lead to conflicts between users and the protected area management. As a champion of the environment, Seychelles should lead the way in such internationally-accepted initiatives’.

The funding has enabled Nature Seychelles to purchase nine demarcation buoys and associated equipment, to install seven of the buoys (two in reserve in case of loss or damage), and to provide training in maintenance for our team of Cousin staff. The Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles installed the buoys and provided the training for Cousin staff.

Nature Seychelles, February 2005

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