Learning to benefit from special plants

A special three-day learning programme was held last week as part of the ongoing project in Seychelles by the non-government organisation (NGO) Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles to conserve medicinal and traditional food plants. The learning programme is called Conservation of Traditional Food Crops in Home and School Gardens, and the venue was the Plant Genetic Resources Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, at Grand Anse, Mahe. It was attended by about 30 leaders of Wildlife Clubs from Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette, and run by a team of expert local trainers.

Nipping the bud of invasive plants

Invasive species are one of the greatest risks to biodiversity. They are right up there with habitat destruction in terms of threat. Islands like Seychelles can only remain a refuge for native and endemic species while invasive aliens are kept at bay. Nature Seychelles has recently completed a project to assess the status and management of invasive plant species on small but important biodiversity islands of Seychelles by using Cousin and Cousine as examples. Researcher Liz Dunlop, of the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, led the work, which was carried out in close collaboration with Cousine island management.  

Islands and Warblers

Back in the 1960s, the Seychelles Warbler or Timerl Dezil was probably the most endangered bird in the world, with only a handful of birds remaining. Cousin Island, the last place it survived, was purchased primarily to save this unique bird. Much has been done by BirdLife International to save the Warbler. Now, Nature Seychelles has been working with our partners on Denis Island and scientists from the University of East Anglia in the UK and Groningen in the Netherlands on a major project to secure the future of our Warbler.

Cats and small island conservation

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.

Can you spot the masters of disguise?

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 Earth.

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