Saturday 8 May was both World Migratory Bird Day and Global Big Day. Although Seychelles is not on major migratory flyways such as those on the continent, we do get migratory birds. Of particular note are migrant shorebirds and waders that can be seen during certain times of the year.
Scientific research carried out on the iconic Seychelles warbler on Cousin Island Special Reserve by an international consortium of European universities ground to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on travel. Fortunately, this year three Ph.D. students were able to come to Cousin to collect data, albeit with a few false starts.
Nature Seychelles has entered a new exciting phase in its decade-long reef restoration project carried out in the Marine Protected Area of Cousin Island Special Reserve. The NGO has received a grant from the Adaptation Fund through UNDP and the Government of Seychelles as part of a large regional project with Mauritius and is set to leap-frog into the third and next level of its restoration program. This new project will look at novel techniques from overseas in coral genetics and reproduction.
It has long been the tradition of Nature Seychelles to offer attachments to young Seychellois on Cousin Island Special Reserve as part of its EnvironMentor Program. From January to March this year, it was the turn of three students from the Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) to get a taste of nature conservation on the island.
Local people are passionate and willing to contribute to the conservation and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in their locality. This was revealed at an interactive meeting with residents of Port Glaud held on 30 March at Cap Ternay, the first of a series aimed at building community awareness and involvement in the conservation and management of the Port Launay and Baie Ternay marine national parks.