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17
November
2017

Cousin Island - an unmissable part of a trip to Seychelles

 

It is built into the British psyche to exaggerate. Whether it’s the fisherman whose fish was “Yea big” or your mate who used to be so good with his feet he had trials for Crystal Palace, we do have a tendency to take our stories one step further than is believable. So when I tell you there’s an island in the Seychelles that was saved by a bird I can understand if you just shrug your shoulders and politely agree.

Categories: Conservation, Tourism

13
November
2017

A week on a magical island paradise

 I arrived as the sun was about to set, silhouetting the island in a deep orange glow, arriving on the last boat with Cousin Island wardens bringing supplies back from neighbouring Praslin Island

I was prepared, in terms of equipment at least, for the trials of tropical island life on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Coming from the western part of Scotland, mosquito nets, sun cream, and turtle ID charts are usually not part of my packing list. But having read what to expect, I was ready!

Categories: Conservation, Research, Nature People

07
July
2017

I had a back garden and it was eden

While in Seychelles for holiday, I started doing research on conservation projects in the archipelago as I was in love, smitten with the Seychelles. 

Categories: Conservation

22
May
2017

Ecotourism: conservation comes first

 Tourists are picked up from their boats and brought to land on specially made Cousin boats

Today is International Day for Biological Diversity as named by the United Nations, in order to elevate biodiversity-related issues with this year’s theme as ‘biodiversity and sustainable tourism’.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Research, Birds, Tourism

11
May
2017

Stepping back in time for conservation

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program

 A white tern chick decorated in sunset colours

As one of eleven people living on Cousin Island Special Reserve, I feel privileged. After an eventful boat ride with a saltwater shower, we arrived on the beautiful long stretch of Cousin’s main beach. Walking up the beach the first thing I see is a vast number of birds flying overhead and dropping down into the forest. I quickly see the island is made up of only beach and forest, and understand why the birds choose to be here.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Birds, Volunteering, Nature People, Wildlife

20
April
2017

Ecotourism: from theory to practice

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

 Cousin Island warden Dailus Lawrence leads a group of tourists through the island

Studying Sustainable Tourism means learning about the importance of minimizing negative ecological, social and economic impacts to a destination. Importantly, not only should there be no negative impact on the local community, there should also be some benefits to be gained such as saving the cultural heritage and protecting natural areas. 

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Tourism

24
March
2017

An observer of Nature

A report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program

 This White Tern chick will grow into a fairy-white adult

One of the most significant aspects of my experience on Cousin Island Special Reserve has been being surrounded by wild animals who (for the most part) don’t mind having me around. Whilst here, I have had a lot of interactions with animals for the purposes of research.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Volunteering, Nature People

16
March
2017

Cousin Island: a life of its own

A report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer program

 A Hawksbill Turtle heads back to sea after laying on Cousin Island

‘Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not things to show.’ As my two month adventure volunteering with Nature Seychelles on Cousin Island comes to an end, this quote has never been more appropriate.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Volunteering, Nature People, Marine

30
December
2016

Disconnect to Connect

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

Freshly graduated from my undergraduate program there were a lot of thoughts and feelings to process. What next? Can I work in the conservation field? What am I actually interested in? There are a lot of decisions to make, and as a young biologist I felt lost. Life at home can get tiring as things have to happen fast, if not right away. There is little time to reflect, which is stressful and daunting.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Volunteering

13
December
2016

My grandest conservation adventure

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

jlp Hanging out with one of the resident Giant Aldabra Tortoises on Cousin

Coming to Cousin Island Special Reserve to volunteer with Nature Seychelles has been by far the grandest of my adventures in life so far. I’ve done voluntary work in conservation before but nothing in such an environment or so far from my home in the UK.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Volunteering

01
December
2016

In Conservation luxury isn’t important, enthusiasm for nature is

A report from Nature Seychelles’ International volunteer program

Sisters Kate and Paige come from vastly different career backgrounds. Kate has a Masters in Environmental Ecology and a strong background in zoology and has been doing similar research for the past two years, whereas Paige is an architect and spends most of her day cooped up in an office. Kate says they are very close and Nature Seychelles’ volunteer programme on Cousin Island Special Reserve was the perfect opportunity for sister Paige to get an insight into her world and for them to have a nature adventure together.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Volunteering, Nature People, Marine

08
November
2016

What the turtle are you doing on my beach?

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

 

The Critically Endangered Hawksbill turtle is an amazing and beautiful animal that comes to nest on Cousin Island Special Reserve in the Seychelles, one of the most important breeding sites for these turtles in the region.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Research, Volunteering, Marine

18
October
2016

Leisure time in paradise

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

I can hardly believe that I have already been in Seychelles for two months now. But I guess time goes by very fast when you are having fun. Working with Nature Seychelles as a volunteer on Cousin Island Special Reserve is very interesting but apart from work there are also many other great ways to spend your free time. There are a few free time activities that made my trip to Cousin unique and really enjoyable.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Volunteering, Wildlife, Marine

27
September
2016

What a joy to be part of such important conservation work

A report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

 Birds everywhere I look

I’ve spent just over a month volunteering with Nature Seychelles on Cousin Island Special Reserve and I think it’s safe to say that it has been one of the best experiences of my life. When I arrived, the first thing that struck me was the noise. 

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Conservation, Birds, Volunteering, Seabirds

14
April
2016

An island bursting with life

A report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program.

When I arrived on Cousin Island Special Reserve, I had the feeling I had landed on a lost island. The vast beaches of fine white sand, the bright sun, the abundant fauna and flora and just a handful of people living and working on the island.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Birds, Volunteering, Seabirds

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