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  • SNA: Maritime security expected to increase in Seychelles’ waters through agreement with US

    (Seychelles News Agency) - The National Assembly has approved the ratification of a bilateral agreement with the United States which supporters say will help increase surveillance capabilities in Seychelles' waters. Twenty-nine members voted this week to ratify the agreement on countering illicit transnational maritime activity, which was brought for a[…]

  • Eight Chinese fishing vessels grounded in Port Victoria

    (Seychelles Nation 20.5.21): Eight Chinese fishing vessels have been grounded at Port Victoria after they illegally anchored themselves in our territorial waters on Friday last week. Last Friday authorities found out there were several ships who weren’t identifiable anchored near Providence island. Upon learning of this President Wavel Ramkalawan ordered the coast[…]


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Conservation Boot Camp

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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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Mars is coming

Mars is on my mind. Not because of the War of the Worlds, a story about a Martian invasion of earth which I read when I was 13 and which has been made into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Cruise. No, it is because planet Mars has been one of the brightest objects in the sky for some time.  However, there is bogus information circulating on the Internet about Mars. You may have received the email. The headlines read: “Earth is catching up with Mars for the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history." "On August 27th, Mars will look as large as the full moon.” It continues, "No one alive today will ever see this again."  Unfortunately, these claims are all false.

It is true that Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter this year on October 30th at 0319 Universal Time. To someone looking at the planet with the naked eye, Mars will look like a bright red star certainly not as large as the full Moon. This may be disappointing after the claims on the net. But if Mars did come close enough to be as large as the Moon, its gravity would change the orbit of the Earth and cause massive tidal surges.

Presently, Mars is fifth among the brightest objects in the night sky, beaten only by the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and Sirius the brightest star in the sky.  As it continues to approach Earth, Mars will be getting brighter. It will outshine Sirius on Sept. 21 and on Oct. 4 it will be as bright as Jupiter.

Readers should stay up on the night of Aug. 24 because Mars will hover below the waning Moon.  Astronomers say that Mars, also known as the Red Planet,  will appear closer to a yellow-orange tint. Another encounter with Mars on August 27, 2003 was the closest in recorded history.

In late 1877, Mars was also very close to Earth and Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli took advantage of this peering at it through a new telescope The colorblind Schiaparelli  saw a network of dark, narrow lines.  He named the crisscrossing lines "canali" -- Italian for "channels." The term was translated into English as "canals." What happened next was a long-running myth that intelligent creatures on Mars had constructed water canals.

H.G. Wells’ famous novel the War of the Worlds capitalized on this. When Orson Wells (no relation) broadcasted the War of the Worlds on radio in 1938, people all over the United States believed Martians had landed and there was widespread panic.  This year Mars is coming, not the Martians.  The Red Planet will give us its best apparition until 2018.  Enjoy it.

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, published on the People Newspaper, Seychelles, 25 August 2005.

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