SEYCHELLES: PROTECTING OUR SEAS IS GOOD FOR SOCIETY

The National Parks Authority held month-long celebrations to mark 30 years of Marine Parks conservation.  Part of the celebrations  included an exciting tour to Curieuse Island on Saturday June 13 for the reopening of the famous Doctor's House used by Scottish Doctor William McGregor to look after his patients during the leper colonies era. The house has been renovated and serves as an education and information centre, and no doubt is a key touristic attraction. Curieuse Island is one of the Country's fourteen marine reserves, protected under the Nature and Conservancy Act and accorded a strict non-utilization status.

HOPE FOR SEYCHELLES' LAST CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES

The first Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone corvina chicks to fledge successfully outside La Digue Island, Seychelles for over 60 years is flying on Denis Island, a coral island in the inner Seychelles group. The newly-fledged birds are flying well, very noisy, and being fed by their parents –"typical normal and healthy flycatcher chicks", according to Nirmal Shah, Director of BirdLife Partner Nature Seychelles, the Species Guardian for the paradise-flycatcher.

Read more on this development here.

OF MOORHENS AND MAGPIE ROBINS

Moorhens, or poul do in Kreol, are funny looking birds that are well known in Seychelles. With conservation succeeding on several islands, the moorhen population has been exploding. On Cousin Island Special Reserve, Nature Seychelles noticed a decline in the Seychelles Magpie-Robin population, from 47 birds in December 2005 to 27 birds at the moment, in sharp contrast with the increasing moorhens’ population. Moorhens are medium-sized, ground-dwelling birds, which are usually found near water. They are not endemic to Seychelles but are considered native and can be found in all over the world. Nature Seychelles is now closely monitoring the population of moorhens and to see whether they are a threat to endemic species of Cousin Island. Eric Blais the Conservation Officer on Cousin is being assisted by students from the UK to undertake this work.

BLOGGING ON CONSERVATION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURE IN SEYCHELLES

Nirmal Shah the award-winning CEO of Nature Seychelles, conservation biologist, coastal manager and science popularizer has been bitten by the blogging bug. Starting this June Nirmal is sharing incisive commentary on all things environment based on his experiences in the Seychelles and around the world. Shah has been passionate about using the media to advocate for science and conservation. He has been heard through his columns in newspapers and numerous appearances on the media including ones such as CNN, BBC, Reuters, PBS, NBC-Today Show, SABC, and CCTV.

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