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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

Bootstrap your career in conservation. Whether you want to to break into conservation or bolster your experience and knowledge, join the world's first Conservation Boot Camp where you can gain a much coveted, unique and exclusive experince working in a world renowned and multiple award winning nature reserve...Read more

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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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EnvironMentor Program imparts job skills

Cousin Island Special Reserve  is  very popular with students who visit it and also work there. It is a conservation classroom - where students learn about biodiversity and its importance. It is also a place for students preparing  to join the workforce in various capacities to gain experience. In the recent past students from the maritime and tourism colleges have spent time on the island, on official school arranged internships and as volunteers. They become part of Nature Seychelles EnvironMentor Program that takes on board young Seychellois and gives them life and work skills through on the job learning.
"It is an important aspect of our work; we are giving young Seychellois a chance to prepare for life outside of school. These are after all tomorrow's conservation and tourism  leaders." Says Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive.

"In my biased opinion Cousin Island Special Reserve provides a classroom like no other. Students get the full package. They experience nature first hand and are involved in conservation and tour-guiding. But so that they do not get the idea that all is rosy in the real world we get them into the "down and dirty work" which is part of running the island. And they have to live on the island - cut off from family and friends." Says Island Coordinator, Ian Valmont.

A typical internship involves all aspects of work on the Special Reserve. There is the conservation -monitoring of species and surveys. There is the tour guiding - where participation requires a knowledge of the island and what it offers. Tours are offered in two languages - English and French, so both language and presentation skills are tested. And a certain level of maintenance is needed even for a nature reserve. There is raking leaves and clearing overhanging branches along tour paths, keeping invasive species at bay, cleaning water troughs and filling them up for the animals, and beach cleaning.

Once you get past the reality of an island lifestyle, however, you start to appreciate what the experience can do for you, Valmont is quick to add. Michael, a Seychelles Tourism Academy student currently on internship on the island, says of his experience:  

"Through my school I got an internship on the Special Reserve. During the briefing I was told life on the island would not be easy. It can be difficult. However, once you have adopted it's a piece of cake. For me it began well and it gets better every day. Life on the island starts with the impressive Bond-like boat landing followed by  smiles of co-workers that make you feel welcomed. It will be such a shame to leave after the end of two months."

Most important is that students and volunteers leave with an appreciation of the importance of Cousin Island Special Reserve. And most do.

"I have seen many of the birds I had heard about. But I was shocked to see the warbler; I couldn't believe that such a small bird turned an island into a reserve. It has been the best experience of my teenage life and a good start for my future career plans." Michael says.

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Our History

Since 1998.

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P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 4601100

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Email: nature@seychelles.net