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  • At the end of April, Cousin Island was privileged to receive Royal Society fellow, House of Lords peer and former Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, Professor Lord John Krebs and his wife Sarah Phibbs.
  • It was December in Canada when I heard help was needed on Cousin Island’s Special Reserve. I hadn’t even heard of the Seychelles but I packed my things and hopped on a plane without expectations. A few planes, trains and countries later, I landed in paradise.
  • The Seychelles island of Assumption(Source: SNA photo by J van de Crommenacker) The Aldbara group including waters around Assumption island will be designated as protected areas by February 2019, under a process called the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) Initiative. Another area to also be protected is the Amirantes groups. The Aldabra Group and is being nominated for ‘Marine...
  • In 2018 we’re all about numbers at Nature Seychelles. 50 years since Cousin Island Special Reserve became a protected nature reserve and 20 years of the existence of Nature Seychelles as a conservation organisation, the RSPB Partner in Seychelles.
  •  A lucky group of tourists witnessed as a turtle was laying her eggs - taking photos from a safe distance by Emma Jones Every year on Cousin Island we roll into another turtle season in August and we quickly find ourselves deeper and deeper in the sand as the days turn the corner to November – the height of the Hawksbill turtle season. From dawn till dusk starting in October, we keep...
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What's On at Nature Seychelles

Conservation Boot Camp

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Focus Project

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.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher.
  • 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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The Seychelles Seabird Group

Seychelles is internationally important for seabirds, with 18 breeding species numbering millions of individuals. For the last 30 years some conservationists on some islands have been conducting research programmes and undertaking censuses,

SSG LOGO however large knowledge gaps remain. With this in mind Nature Seychelles with backing from the Norwegian Embassy and Airtel Seychelles launched the Seychelles Seabird Group.

The aim is to develop a coordinated plan for the management of seabirds by supporting seabird group partners, providing training and co-ordinate surveys and research.

The seabird colonies of the Seychelles have been greatly reduced; most islands supporting breeding colonies are now small, predator free or very remote islands.  Many species have become greatly reduced in range and at least two, the Pink backed pelican and Abbots Booby are extinct in the Seychelles.  In the past heavy exploitation for food and the destruction of islands for plantations or guano mining caused loss of colonies.

Today the main threats are uncontrolled exploitation and the introduction of alien predators to islands. The potential effects of fisheries and climate change on the marine environment are not known.

Work of the Seychelles Seabird Group

The overall goal of the group is to facilitate the sustainable management of seabird resources in the Seychelles. 
Our objectives are:

  1. Collect robust data on seabird populations at regular intervals to guide management
  2. Develop a strategic plan to guide surveys and monitoring
  3. Encourage the use of standardised methods laid out in the Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Seychelles
  4. Practical training for field staff in the standardised census and monitoring methods
  5. Maintain the Seychelles seabird database.

The SSG produces a newsletter containing news on seabird group activities, reports from members’ islands, study methods and technical articles, and now also has a Seychelles Seabird Group blog

A Seabird Monitoring Handbook for Seychelles has been produced; it contains recommended survey methods for the 18 species of seabird found breeding the Seychelles.

Programme News

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission moves to protect albatrosses

The 8th edition of Seabird News is here

Seychelles’ science shines at scientific symposium

The 7th edition of Seabird News is out

Protecting seabirds habitats at sea

Innovative conservation action funded

Census reveals dips and peaks in breeding seabirds

By-catch commitment wins environmental backing

Seabird study to reveal health of oceans

Off the hook: saving turtles, albatrosses and other by-catch

Partners & Awards

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Our History

Since 1998.

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Email: nature@seychelles.net