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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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Press Release: Francophonie Director General visits Nature Seychelles

FrancophonieThe Director General of the International Organization of the Francophonie, OIF, Mr. Clément Duhaime, paid a visit on the morning of Friday the 22nd to the Heritage Garden and Sanctuary at Roche Caiman both run by Nature Seychelles. He was accompanied by Mr. Eric Weber also from the OIF. Mr. Duhaime was conducted around both facilities by Nature Seychelles  staff who included Kerstin Henri, Director, Martin Varley, Projects Coordinator, Robin Hanson, Green Health Coordinator and Lucina Denis, the naturalist.

Mr. Duhaime was particularly delighted by his visit to the Heritage Garden, which showcases plants important to Seychelles, its culture and traditions. Lucina, who has helped shape the garden to what it is today,  had a lively discussion with the director general about the garden, its purpose and the different plants found there.

The garden is a demonstration of medicinal, herbal, food and endemic plants that are important to Seychelles, but are in danger of disappearing. It has inspired other gardens in schools and in the community. Various local and international organisations, businesses, government, foreign delegations, and people from all segments of society have visited, with staff serving as guides.

The aromatic and medicinal plants were of great interest to the visitors as were local fruits used in local cuisine. Mr. Duhaime was shown the endemic plants of Seychelles such as Koko Maron (Curculigo sechellensis) which was used to make ropes and brooms.

Lucina explained that the garden is one hundred percent organic and no chemicals are used either for growing or to control pests.

At the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman, Ms. Kertsin Henri explained the history of this man-made urban wetland in the proximity of Victoria. The wetland resulted from reclamation work done in the East Coast of Mahe in the 1980s. Lagoons at the site became an important site for birds especially waders soon after their creation.

Nature Seychelles started managing the site in 2002 and has developed it into a learning area by restoring and creating  new habitats. It created features like open water areas, improved and created new ditches, and wader pools for birds. A boardwalk and a bird hide made from recycled Coca Cola bottles was also built so all visitors could have an enjoyable visit to this unique little wetland.

The wetland as well as offering a natural retreat, is also now as an area for restoring health and well-being through the Green Health programme. This involves a weekly programme of yoga and green exercise for participants particularly those who are most vulnerable in society.

An area of the wetland where local species of mangroves grow is being enhanced, Mr. Duhame heard. Mangroves are essential coastal habitats for building natural resistance to climate change. The areas will be used as a demonstration site to explain how mangroves work.

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