350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island

In February 2016 a Brown noddy (Anous stolidus) census was conducted on Denis Island by Green Islands Foundation (GIF) staff and volunteers to estimate the size of the breeding population. Brown noddies are commonly ground nesting but are seen far more frequently nesting in the crowns of coconut trees on Denis Island, possibly due to the presence of mammal predators in the recent past before the eradications of rats and cats. Continue reading “350 pairs of Brown noddies are estimated to breed on Denis Island”

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The effects of climate change on seabirds in Seychelles

Rising sea water levels due to climate change  will lead to habitat loss for many wildlife - photo credit  Peter Chadwick
Rising sea water levels due to climate change will lead to habitat loss for many wildlife – photo credit Peter Chadwick

The Republic of Seychelles with its many small islands and abundantly rich tropical seas makes it an ideal location for seabirds to thrive. They can use the islands to rest and breed whilst food is readily available offshore. Continue reading “The effects of climate change on seabirds in Seychelles”

Witnessing bird behavior

dropped fish
Looks like someone dropped their dinner

Living life on Cousin Island is often equivalent to living in an Attenborough documentary or a living laboratory. Whilst tourists are exposed to an excellent taster during their one and a half hour tour of Cousin Island Special Reserve, its only through living on the Island and total immersion in the wildlife that you get to see some truly interesting behavior. Continue reading “Witnessing bird behavior”

Diary of a seychelles magpie robin

photo taken 24th July 2014
photo taken 24th July 2014

The Seychelles Magpie Robin is one the most popular and charismatic birds found on Cousin Island. It also heralds another of the Seychelles great conservation success stories. Once down to as few as 19 individuals, found only on Fregate Island, the Seychelles Magpie Robin has rebounded in magnificent form. Continue reading “Diary of a seychelles magpie robin”

Seychelles Warbler Back From The Brink

    very-big(Seychelles News Agency 10th August 2014) – It’s the first conservation success story of its kind in the world: the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) was one of the most threatened bird species in the world in the 1960s – down to a total population of only 26 birds, conservation experts had to move fast to avert the birds from becoming entirely extinct. Continue reading “Seychelles Warbler Back From The Brink”

World: Zoologist leads world’s largest rat extermination to save biodiversity of Antarctic island – The Globe and Mail

Giant petrel at South Georgia Island
Giant petrel at South Georgia Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tony Martin, a University of Dundee in Scotland professor has led the largest and most complicated rodent extermination ever attempted in the world. The project was on South Georgia, a 160-kilometre-long island off the coast of Antarctica.  Continue reading “World: Zoologist leads world’s largest rat extermination to save biodiversity of Antarctic island – The Globe and Mail”