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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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Sharing experience worldwide

Cousin Island Special Reserve is recognised as a leading example of genuine eco-tourism and small island conservation management that demonstrably works. We aim to share this expertise globally, and also to draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to help our local staff. To do this we have created a scheme we’ve called the Experience Exchange Programme.

We first advertised the scheme earlier this year, using networks of conservation contacts. We were optimistic that this would draw a good response, but in fact we have been inundated with applications. This reflects the interest in Seychelles conservation worldwide.

We have now drawn up a list for the next two years that will place conservation experts from diverse backgrounds and many different countries on Cousin Island for a maximum period of three-months. While here, they will exchange ideas, information, experience and wise practice with local staff. They, or the institutions they work for, pay for their trip here.

Laura Seaton from a Nature Reserve in Scotland has recently completed her three-month stay as the first visiting warden, and she sent this to us as she departed.


Laura Seaton, the first exchange warden on Cousin, monitoring tropic birds © Harald Legge

Wanted: Visiting Warden, Cousin Island, said the advert on the website. I had the qualifications needed, and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend three months in Seychelles? So I applied, never thinking I would be successful. But here I am, at the end of my three months’ experience on Cousin.

Cousin is a beautiful island. All your senses are awoken when you set foot on the island. You can’t help but be impressed by the sights and sounds of all those birds, lizards, tortoises, etc. There wasn’t a day when I didn’t think what a great Reserve this is to work on. The work is varied, from welcoming and guiding visitors, vegetation management, to ringing birds and beach cleaning.

I’m going to miss so many things: the stars, the sound of the sea, the constant noise from the Noddies (Makwas and Keleks), the whistle from the Magpie-robin (Pi Santez), to name just a few. My colleagues have been fantastic, maybe a bit unsure of this strange Scottish girl coming to their island at first. But I think I can safely say that I made some really good friends by the end. Everyone was really friendly and helpful, and I’ve definitely got lots of good experiences to take back with me. I hope my Seychellois colleagues have also learnt from me.

I would love to come back and do it again. Already the next visiting warden has taken my place. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff on Cousin. Keep up the good work – you never know, I might be able to come back one day?

Au revoir!’

Footnote: Our Regar article of 28 July on the Tortoise said to be 255 years old attracted the interest of many readers, as we hoped. The possibility that the tortoise was taken from Seychelles as long ago as this, as stated by the Alipore Zoo in India, raises more intriguing questions about early knowledge of the natural history of Seychelles, which we hope to explore further in a future Regar article.

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Our History

Since 1998.

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