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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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Study to investigate the role of Cousin Island for fish protection

Nature Seychelles and the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) have joined forces to investigate the  role of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), specifically Cousin Island Special Reserve, in the protection of small fish that sustain local fish communities. The two organisations on 12th January 2012 formalised this partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by their Chief Executives Dr. Nirmal Shah and Mr. Finley Racombo.

Under the agreement the two organisations will study fish spawning areas around Cousin, fish movement between the protected area and fished areas, and the connectivity between the reserve and nearby fish spawning aggregations. This will determine whether the reserve and its design fulfil the ecological role of fish protection.

The activity is being carried out under the Government of Seychelles Global Environment Facility financed project, "Strengthening Seychelles Protected Area System through NGO Management Modalities," being implemented with support from UNDP.

"It's going to be the first time in Seychelles where we investigate the design of a marine protected area with regard to this function and we hope it will deliver some very important results for Seychelles and the region," said Dr. Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive.

MPAs, like national parks, are areas of ocean where human activity is regulated or restricted. They meet a number of objectives, among them protection of marine species.

Scientific evidence shows that MPAs usually boost the abundance, diversity, and size of marine species living within their borders. They may also be able to replenish fished areas when young and adult fish move out of the reserve.

But at the moment we don't know to what extent our MPAs are fulfilling this function.

"The design of MPAs has become very important," says Shah. "In the past it has generally been assumed that the MPAs are protecting reefs and fish. But as our knowledge about fish has increased, especially coral reef fish, we understand that there are certain biological functions such as spawning and migration routes that need to be protected. This will determine the placement and design of a protected area."

Acoustic transmitting devices will be inserted in key species of fish under study to track their movements over a number of years and seasons.

"It's an exciting project. Cousin is small but it's one of the best protected areas in the country if not the region. This makes it an ideal case study for this activity," Jan Robinson, SFA's Fisheries Research Manager said. SFA has been carrying out pioneering research on spawning aggregations of key species in recent years, in particular around Praslin, and its experience is key for the project.

"The study will also help to answer other questions about what is the best size for MPAs to protect really important populations of fishes such as parrotfish (Kakatwa) and rabbitfish (Kordonnyen)," Robinson said.

The project will also help answer questions about factors that are important in enabling the reefs around Cousin to recover from coral bleaching. Compared to other inner granitic islands, Cousin is showing slow recovery from bleaching and this study could uncover the role important fish species play in that recovery process. Some of the fish involved in the recovery are also important fisheries species.

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