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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

30
March
2016

Adventures with giant creatures, birds and the big blue

I just finished my bachelor thesis about a conservation project in Germany. Now I need hands-on experience in conservation to complete my degree. That’s what brought me to Cousin Island Special Reserve as a volunteer, the beginning of an adventure.

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

24
March
2016

Cousin Island a place like no other

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program

My decision to come to Cousin Island was extremely last minute. I was so eager to run away from cold Europe to go to the paradise that is Seychelles that within a week I managed to make the necessary arrangements with Nature Seychelles’ Science Officer Cheryl, pack and leave. I left Italy the day after New Year’s, and I couldn’t have chosen a better way to start 2016!

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

08
March
2016

A paradise for seabirds

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program


During the activities of this week, the volunteers’ team recorded 7 new chicks of tropic birds and 3 of white terns, for a total of 25 tropic birds and 20 fairy terns chicks up today.

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

03
March
2016

Cousin Island, an Island beyond unique

I am from the Seychelles Maritime Academy and I am currently doing my internship on Cousin Island Special Reserve, taking advantage of new possibilities and helping to conserve what we have. Since Monday the 8th February I have been working with Nature Seychelles. I have been taking part in several conservation tasks that the staff regularly carry out on the island, such as turtle patrols, turtle nest excavations, bird monitoring, just to name a few. The island is also open to the public for visits every week day from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, allowing everyone the opportunity to see and photograph the different flaura and fauna.

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

29
February
2016

Turtle dreams in paradise

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a month since I stepped off the boat onto Cousin Island Special Reserve and walked for the first time on its soft and white sand. From home it was quite hard to imagine how life will be here, how the journeys will look like and how will be to see sea turtles so close. 

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

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