Domestic cats have been in the news recently in Europe.
Conservationists have been trialling some new techniques to try to
limit the depredations of pets and feral cats on different wildlife
species. There is no dispute about the volume of wildlife killed by
cats, but what is not always clear is the extent to which this results
in population declines of the species they are killing. Most species
are able to tolerate the impact of this depredation, because they are
evolved to cope with it.
Nature Seychelles is calling on the public to help with improving
knowledge of a unique Seychelles animal - the weird and wonderful
Seychelles chameleon (kameleon). The conservation body is seeking to
enthuse and excite citizens about the natural environment, especially
in finding out more about animals and plants found nowhere else on
The Seychelles Kestrel or Katiti breeding season is in full swing. You
may have noticed these charismatic little falcons being more vocal and
more conspicuous in your neighbourhood.
Feral pigeons or pizons domestik have been hitting the headlines this
week. A flock of them had been causing a nuisance at the National
Library since the building was constructed. They were gathering in
numbers on the roof, and making a lot of noise and mess. Happily for
the library, the delinquent pigeons have been moved on, following the
installation of special spikes that discourage them from perching. The
problem has been solved at a local level – for the library – but has
been moved on to somewhere else. It hasn’t gone away.