For its small size, Cousin has an admirable diversity of land birds, including 5 of Seychelles endemic species. Among them is the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) or Timerl Dezil in Creole. This is the bird that saved an island! It is the main reason why Cousin became a nature reserve.
We all know ladies can make us wait, but this year we were at the peak of all patience waiting for the first lady turtle to arrive on Cousin. This is the start of a very busy 6 months as the Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate) begin their nesting season in Seychelles. It is a very important stage of the life cycle for this Critically Endangered species and therefore monitoring is of great priority and data collection imperative for the future of this species.
Cousin Island’s tortoise census takes place during the South East monsoon season in August. From July – December, the island experiences peak nesting productivity from the female Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys). The census takes place for a greater understanding of our current population on Cousin. We search and survey the various habitats for as many tagged and untagged tortoises as we can find.