There was a fairy tale with a happy ending recently at Nature
Seychelles. A newly fledged Fairy Tern, or Golan Blan, flew off into
the sunrise after several weeks in our care. We are not a welfare
organisation, and rearing baby terns is not what we are set up or
equipped to do. But, in the case of Dylan (as we called him), we made
an exception. Let’s start at the beginning.
Are we using up the Earth’s resources faster than it can replace them,
or in ways that put it out of balance? Am I, are you, are we all,
sustainable? These are big questions. To find answers, we should begin
looking at home.
Unel Bristol, warden of North Island saw two adult and two juvenile
Seychelles blue pigeons on North Island during his monitoring walk on
November 12th 2005. This is good news for the island as the species was
not observed on the island during the Biodiversity Surveys carried out
by Nature Seychelles. North Island was the only one of the granitic
islands visited where this species appeared to be absent (Hill et al,
The Nature Seychelles’ HQ was as busy as a peak-season seabird island
on Monday, November 28th 2005, as conservationists from throughout the islands gathered at
the Environment and Education Centre. It was the start of the ten-day
learning programme, Island Species-Led Action (ISLA) that we are
hosting. The programme covers both the theory and real-world practice
of island species conservation. We have been delighted at the response
from our partners and colleagues in conservation here.