More than 50 years ago, the world's rarest bird was rescued by mangroves. The Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis, Pti Merl Dezil in Creole), a little endemic songbird of Seychelles was very close to extinction in the twentieth century.
The capacity of wetlands to protect us from flooding is often overlooked. Yet they are natural defences against extreme weather and climate-related threats.
The mosquitoes were a little aggressive, the wardens were welcoming and the Seychelles magpie robin extremely smart. The seabirds were loud and the skinks always underfoot. It was tiring, but fun.
On 13 July 2020, the BirdLife International partnership (Nature Seychelles is BirdLife's Partner in Seychelles) launched the #1Planet1Right to ask the UN to make it a human right to live on a healthy planet. Below is the press release:
They are famous for their skilled manoeuvring of boats in both calm and stormy weather. Their expert beaching of boats amazes everyone. The boat ride, the first taste of what life is like on the island, is reminisced on by all who take it. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the reserve and are adept at storytelling. They captivate visitors with their vast wildlife observations and anecdotes of life as an islander.