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Implementing the SDGs

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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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Bird Committee confirms Seychelles first Bulwer’s Petrel sighting

Bulwer's PetrelThe first record of Bulwer’s Petrel in the Seychelles has now been verified and authenticated. The sighting was made on June 15, 2009 by David Andrews, and Jennifer Love and Martyn Hammers on Cousin Island. The bird was later captured and ringed. Photographs, measurements and ring details were provided to the Seychelles Bird Records Committee for identification and authentication.

Bulwer's Petrel, (Bulweria bulwerii) an all dark pan-tropical species, breeds in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In the Atlantic, it breeds in the Azores, Salvage Islands, Madeira, Desertas, Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands. In theBulwer's Petrel Pacific it breeds on Taiwan, Fujian and islets off south-east China, the Bonin, Volcano and Ryuku Islands off Japan, Hawaii, Johnston Atoll, Phoenix Island and the Marquesas. The breeding season is from April to September. It then disperses to the Indian Ocean, mainly south of the Mascarenes, from December to early March. But a few do remain in the Indian ocean during the breeding season.

Bulwer’s petrel is an oceanic bird that only comes to land at night and during the breeding season. On land it prefers rocky islands or islets with little or no disturbance. On the breeding colonies the bird gives a low barking 'chuff' call, which repeated at varying speed and pitch, can be likened to a steam engine. It nests in holes and crevices on rocky slopes not far from the ocean, where it feeds on small fish on the surface. The bird found by Andrews was not breeding however.

This was not the first time a Petrel has been sighted on Cousin. During the same month Andrews and company also captured and ringed what is suspected to be a Herald's Petrel (Pterodroma arminjoniana). This has not been confirmed yet. In 2003 and 2004, a first ever recorded observation of a Kermadec Petrel (Pterodroma neglecta, intermediate phase) was made by Cas Eikenaar, a Seychelles Warbler researcher on Cousin. This record was confirmed by the Bird Committee and appears in the African Birder Club Bulletin. This same bird crash-landed on Cousin again on 24 November 2009 and was observed by Jovani Simeon, Chief Warden. It was gently picked up and proved to be already rung. Photographs were taken. It was thereafter put on a rock to recover from the crash landing and it flew off again.

Because of the similarities seen in the photos taken by Eikenaar on 29 August 2003 on Cousin  hill, the subsequent report in the African Birder Club Bulletin and its ring number, this bird was confirmed to be indeed the  2003 and 2004 visitor by the Bird Committee.

Before this, on the 18th November 2009, Jovani had seen two dark petrels on Cousin hill, with the first one in a nest, and the second flying around. He was able to photograph, measure and ring the first petrel. The records are with the committee.

"We hope that these petrels will start breeding on Cousin. We will keep monitoring their appearances." Says Jovani.

Bulwer's Petrel is listed as "Least Concern" on the 2009 IUCN Red List Category. See more information on its fact sheet on BirdLife's Data Zone

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