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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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Cousin and Cousine gear up for joint action

The conservation teams of Cousin Island Special Reserve and Cousine island (privately owned) have joined forces to find new ways of taking action for their unique environments. Teams from both islands and Nature Seychelles headquarters staff held a recent workshop on Cousin to agree the priorities for joint action, in our three-year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank.

‘The joint island action aims to build partnerships and support capacity for better biodiversity management, based on a good understanding of ecosystems and species, and how we as humans interact with them’, says Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles CEO.

Nature Seychelles and Cousine teams discussing new projects for joint conservation action at the planning workshop © C. Jameson

‘We will support island managers and staff by providing new resources, networks, technical expertise and legal mechanisms to carry out conservation work. Cousin and Cousine are the focal point, but partnerships with interest groups on Praslin and other islands, and Government, will be built in.’

A conservation facility on Praslin will be built, to be a ‘centre of excellence’ for coordinated research, seminars, education activities involving the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles and others, and tourism promotion of Seychelles wildlife and ecology.

Cousin and Cousine are managed differently, but towards a shared goal: the conservation of Seychelles natural heritage. Ecotourism activities are secondary but important to fund and promote the conservation activities. Each island has a different approach to ecotourism – Cousine operating at the more exclusive end of the market and Cousin providing a visitor experience and education opportunity for a wider audience of visitors.

‘Despite these differences of emphasis, there is much that we can learn from each other, as we have already discovered through the workshop and other discussions’, Joel Souyave, manager of Cousin, said after the workshop.

‘The workshop enabled us to discuss common objectives and the project as a whole will address some of the issues that up to now we have not been able to fully address, such as effective marine conservation, threatened species translocation, sharing knowledge and working with local interest groups’, he added.

‘The workshop gave us all a chance to provide input and comments on the project activities and make sure that the coming years will support all levels of island conservation work’, said Dr Selwyn Gendron, Executive Chairman of Cousine island.

‘There will be lots of exciting developments and new initiatives’, Nirmal Shah added. ‘The next step is to consolidate the island partnership and kick-start a detailed plan of activities. For example, we are already carrying out research into the ecological impacts of invasive species, and working with Praslin communities to better understand local fisheries and the best way to use marine protection to their benefit. Soon we will provide innovative training for all practitioners involved in island conservation.’

Nature Seychelles, 13 March 2005

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