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  • Not all heroes wear capes. Our staff on Cousin Island decked out only in t-shirts and shorts, and often barefooted, certainly fit this adage. They keep to a grueling schedule, ushering visitors onto the reserve for the island's widely acclaimed ecotourism program in the morning, and working on varied conservation activities in the afternoon.
  • The sunrise is exquisite, the forest lush. The wind is gusty and the sea is choppy. Tropicbirds squawk, fodys chirrup, while skinks scuttle. The tortoises are languid, the mosquitoes, ferocious. The wardens are skilled and the tourists are eager. The sunsets are pink-sky-filled with dusty grey clouds. The nights were moonlit. This is how Sally, a volunteer, vividly described her one month on...
  • Our Chief Executive Dr. Nirmal Shah is in Cambridge UK for the BirdLife100 World Congress, which is from 11-16 September. BirdLife celebrates its centennial this year. The congress brings together the global BirdLife partnership, which currently works in 115 countries.
  • The Green turtle (Chelonia mydas, Torti-d-mer in Creole) rarely nests on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Between July and August, small numbers appear sporadically.
  • Coral reefs cover just 0.2% of the ocean floor, but they support 25% of the world's marine life. They provide coastal protection and cultural, economic, recreational, and social benefits to hundreds of millions of people. But they are dying.
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  • Full enforcement of fishery management plan kicks in on October 1

    (Seychelles Nation 23.9.2022) Effective October 1, 2022 any person who contravenes the Fisheries (Mahé Plateau Trap and Line Fishery) Regulations, 2021, under the Fisheries ACT (Act 20 of 2014) will be committing an offence and if found guilty, will be fined up to R20,000. The plan, which prescribes measures for the[…]

  • Efforts to pass global ocean protection treaty fail

    (BBC News) A fifth effort to pass a global agreement to protect the world's oceans and marine life has failed. Talks to pass the UN High Seas Treaty had been ongoing for two weeks in New York, but governments could not agree on the terms. Despite international waters representing nearly two-thirds of[…]


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Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more


Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.



  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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List of publications for sale

Copies of the publications can be purchased from our office and major outlets in Victoria

Popular demand for Nature Seychelles' innovative book Grow and Eat Your Own Food Seychelles has lead to the release of a superior second edition, three years after the first version was printed.  The book is about sowing, saucing and savoring home grown food. The second edition of Grow and Eat Your Own Food Seychelles displays the copious cooking and healing chattels of endemic and rare plants, fruits and vegetables found on the islands. This version goes further to include a list of recipes from local restaurants on preparing cocktails, salads and other Seychellois dishes.

Price: SR 100

Marine life cover scanAn Insight Into The Marine Life Of Seychelles is a popular handbook to help teachers, students and the general public learn more about the natural history and ecology of the marine environment around the coastal waters of Seychelles and how they can help promote conservation of marine life. It has an attractive layout and colourful photographs on each page, with tips on do’s and don’ts when at the seaside or out at sea. Price: SR 35 


Birds are brilliant cover scanBirds Are Brilliant, a teacher’s guide and activity book, was designed to introduce bird ecology into the national curriculum. It contains information, activities, worksheets that can be integrated into many subject areas in the curriculum and has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers and leaders planning field trips. 

Price: SR 35.00 



Atoll research bulletin cover scanBiodiversity Surveys and Conservation Potential of Inner Seychelles Islands. Edited by Mike Hill
This acclaimed publication describes the results of research that was carried out from 1999 to 2000 on a selected range of islands in the central Seychelles. The islands are Bird, Cousin, Conception, Curieuse, Denis, Felicite, Grand Soeur, Marianne, North and Therese. The primary aim was to survey a number of medium-sized granitic and coralline islands in the inner Seychelles and assess their biodiversity value and potential to support endangered endemic vertebrates, especially birds. These findings were published by the Smithsonian Institution in the Atoll Research Bulletin, July 2002. Price: SR 250 

Flycatcher monograph cover scanMonograph Series 1: Ecological requirements of the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher: Consequences for Conservation and Management by Dr David Currie, Project Ornithologist This publication summarises findings of a project carried out to quantify the habitat requirements and ecology of the flycatcher on La Digue, which ran simultaneously with the project assessing the suitability of medium-sized islands for globally threatened birds. The study has revealed that wetlands have less significance as habitats than was previously believed and that flycatchers depend more on native woodland for invertebrate availability (food source). It also details a novel island-wide survey of the La Digue population and examines factors accounting for the flycatcher distribution and implications for the establishment of additional populations. The final chapter details conservation options for the flycatcher in light of previous and new research findings. Price: SR 25.00

Scops owl monograph cover scanMonograph Series 2: Ecology of the Seychelles (Bare-legged) Scops Owl: Consequences for Conservation and Management, by Dr David Currie. This publication summarises findings of a project initiated in 1999 which set out to confirm the ecological requirements of the scops owl . This publication contains various chapters which summarise findings such as principal food supply, the feasibility of establishing new populations, response to playback (which is crucial in studying and monitoring the owl), the first nest record, the breeding ecology, diet composition, factors accounting for distribution, the biometrics of the owl (sex differences and patterns of moult). Price: SR 25.00 

Biod assessement cover scanHandboook for Biodiversity Assessment of Small Tropical Islands by Mike Hill, Nirmal Shah and Steve Parr. This manual describes the methods developed for assessment of islands in the granitic Seychelles. Between 1999 and 2000 ten islands were assessed using the methodologies described here and comprehensive reports produced for each one. (The results have since been published in a special volume of the Atoll Research Bulletin, 2002). The purpose of this manual is to make the assessment methods available to a wider audience, assisting more island owners to investigate the status of the biodiversity and ultimately guide active conservation programmes on these islands. Price: SR 25.00 

smhand-1Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Seychelles Compiled by Alan Burger and Andrea D. Lawrence. This handbook is a compilation of methods for monitoring populations, breeding performance and other indicators on species breeding on Seychelles islands and has been modelled after the Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Britaiin and Ireland. Most of the methods recommended in this handbook have been field tested in 1999/2000 on Aldabra and Cousin Islands. The authors have also drawn on many years research and monitoring on other islands such as Aride and Cousine as well as reviewing methods used on Hawaii and Ascension islands. It is hoped that the handbook will provide researchers, government departments, managers, island owners with an interest in birds with accessible, simple and clearly defined sampling procedures. Price: SR 50.00 

Book cover discover sey birdsDiscover Seychelles' Birds. This book is a simple introduction to many of the bird species found in the inner (granitic) islands of the Seychelles. It is aimed at non-specialist with an interest in birds of the area, and includes photographs of 63 bird species, including all the species most likely to be seen when birdwatching in the Seychelles. It can be used to help identify bird species, and gives information on their ecology and conservation. 

Price: SR 50.00 


Learning for sust living cover scan

A guide to Sustainable Living in the Seychelles. This publication has been developed to provide support materials and activities that assist in understanding the concept of Sustainable Living. It has been developed after a series of workshops with teachers, and in consultation with other professionals. It has been designed for lower secondary students and can be adapted for younger and older age groups. The aim of this book is to make each one of us review our lifestyle and behaviour so that we can then evaluate our impact on the environment and initiate appropriate environmental action. Price: SR 75.00 

Endemic birds Posters, price: SR 25.00

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Mahe, Seychelles
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