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  • Issue 11 of the WIOMSA Magazine focusing on Ecosystem Restoration is out!

    This issue focuses on restoring damaged coastal ecosystems and includes Nature Seychelles' coral reef restoration project, which is celebrating 10years of action. https://www.wiomsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WIOMSA-Magazine-Issue-11_September2020.pdf and the Nairobi Convention have jointly produced two issues of the WIOMSA Magazine focusing on restoring damaged coastal ecosystems. The publication of this issue of the Magazine[…]

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  • IUCN Congress Newsletter: Remaining ocean champions, not victims

    Cousin Island Special Reserve was the island famously bought for conservation by BirdLife International in 1968, and it is now managed by Nature Seychelles. I visited the island at the beginning of the year to inspect catastrophic coastal erosion that had occurred, and it was the first time I had[…]

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What's On at Nature Seychelles

Conservation Boot Camp

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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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A First for Seychelles and the Region - Cousin celebrates IBA branding

Cousin Island Special Reserve has become the first IBA - Important Bird Area - branded site in the Seychelles and the Western Indian Ocean region. The IBA branding states publicly that Cousin island is of outstanding value for bird conservation. IBAs are sites of global importance for birds and their conservation, defined and listed by BirdLife International, the world authority on birds.

The branding - large boards in the visitor reception areas of Cousin -  was unveiled for visitors to the island as part of Nature Seychelles’ activities for the International Year of Biodiversity.

“The IBA branding adds to Cousin Island's stature as one of the best small island reserves in the world,” said Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive.

Because IBAs are recognised world-wide, they attract interest from millions of birdwatchers. They become travel destinations and targets for eco-tourism projects.

“The branding will help in assuring visitors that the place they are visiting is of global significance. Therefore the IBA branding is of tourism importance as well. We hope this will attract higher quality eco-visitors to Seychelles” says Ian Valmont, the Island's Coordinator.

A site is recognised as an IBA only if it meets certain criteria, based on the occurrence of key bird species that are vulnerable to extinction or whose populations are otherwise irreplaceable. Conservation on the Island helped save some of the Seychelles' endemic birds, notably the Seychelles Warbler and Seychelles Magpie Robin. Five of Seychelles' eleven endemic land birds - Seychelles sunbird, Seychelles fody, Seychelles blue pigeon, the warbler and the magpie robin are found here. Cousin is also a globally important site for seabirds, with seven species of seabirds in numbers exceeding 300,000 individuals nesting here.

IBA branding also reflects measures taken to safeguard biodiversity. The IBA programme aims to identify, monitor and protect a global network of sites for the conservation of the world's birds and other biodiversity.

Birds have been shown to be effective indicators of biodiversity in other animal groups and plants. So although the IBA network is defined by its bird fauna, the conservation of these sites ensures the survival of a correspondingly large number of other animals and plants. An IBA thus makes a major contribution to global biodiversity conservation.

Indeed conservation efforts on Cousin have also contributed to the improved status of other endangered species like Hawksbill turtles whose nesting population has risen eight-fold since the 1970s .

There are 20 IBAs in Seychelles, 11 in the granitic islands and 9 in the outer islands but Cousin is the first to be publicity branded as such. Nature Seychelles encourages the managers of other IBAS to brand their sites in this manner.

 

Photo: US Ambassador to the Seychelles Mary Jo Wills (3rd from left) in front of the IBA sign in this souvenir photo taken during her visit to Cousin Island 

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