Birdwatching may not be for everyone, but it's enjoyed by many. In Seychelles, locals and tourists alike go out to see endemic and native land birds, seabirds, migrant birds, and vagrants. Here are some reasons why you should give it a try.
Birdwatching may not be for everyone but its enjoyed by many
People of all ages can do it
There are no special skills required to watch birds, so anyone can get started. It can be done as a solo experience or in the company of others. It can be used as a time to bond with family and friends or to make new connections. You can enjoy your experience using only your eyes and ears and perhaps a pair of binoculars, or you can deck yourself out with every piece of equipment available.
Educates people about birds and nature
Many people find birds fascinating, and some would like to have a deeper understanding of them. When you engage in birdwatching, you'll learn about the different kinds of birds we have, their behaviour, and how to identify them. Simply arm yourself with a checklist, which can be printed off the internet, or with an in-depth field guide, available in local bookshops and conservation groups. Moreover, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about their habitats and other animals and plant life.
You can see some birds by simply stepping out onto your veranda
Improved health and well-being
Bird-watching can relieve stress and help you be present in the moment. Science backs this up. The benefits of being in nature have been proven in numerous studies. According to BirdLife International, an analysis of different natural characteristics in urban neighbourhoods published in BioScience in 2017, found that vegetation cover and afternoon bird abundance were positively correlated with a lower prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress; a 2020 study published in Ecological Economics showed a clear correlation between happiness and the number of bird species; while a 2013 study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that birdsong was the type of natural sound participants most often associated with stress recovery and attention restoration. Looking for birds also gets you moving, which is good for your physical health.
It contributes to citizen science and conservation
Bird watchers often share their sightings and photographs, which can be useful for bird research and conservation. This can help scientists by providing valuable information about rare species and migratory patterns. In recent years, there has been a push for people who are not professional scientists to participate in citizen science projects. Citizen science is a really fun way to get involved in conservation and research!
One can see waders and migratory birds in wetlands and coastal mudflats
Where to see birds
In Seychelles, you can see some birds by simply stepping out onto your veranda. But a better experience can be had by going further afield. The best places for bird watching include native forests at any altitude and nature reserves. One can see waders and migratory birds in wetlands and coastal mudflats.