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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

24
February
2016

Tough but gratifying conservation work

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program

 Sunsets are spectacular on cousin

It is difficult to highlight one thing that stood out for us from our time on Cousin Island Special Reserve as there were so many aspects to our volunteering experience that made the island special. Yes, it is a Special Reserve but our experience was another kind of special. To be able to work so closely with the turtles and birds was truly an experience of a lifetime.

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

14
January
2016

Wildlife don’t take Christmas breaks

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer program

 Life's a beach

Cousin Island Special Reserve is a hub of year round activity for a variety of wildlife. In a single day you are guaranteed to spot the several seabird species that nest here, as well as other wildlife species such as the charming Seychelles Magpie Robin (Copsychus sechellarum) the charismatic Seychelles skink (Mabuya seychellensis) and it’s more intimidating cousin, the Wright’s skink (Mabuya wrightii).

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

31
December
2015

I took part in the world’s longest-running monitoring program for Hawksbill turtles

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program

 Even those that get spooked and return to the water without laying are recorded

When turtle nesting season is at its peak on Cousin Island Special Reserve, patrolling the beaches for emerging turtles is an important task of our work day. Nature Seychelles staff and volunteers go out every hour, usually in pairs, to check the beaches for emerging or nesting turtles. If a turtle comes up the beach, you can see the track she leaves behind and locate her. 

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

03
December
2015

Birder’s paradise

 Seychelles Warbler and chick by Cas Eikenaar

Birds, that’s what I came to Cousin Island Special Reserve for. As a birder back home in my native England, I was seduced by such exotic beauties as magpie-robins and warblers. Throw in some noddies, the whiter than white fairy terns, plus the chance of such stonkers as crab plovers, well, why wouldn’t I leave my desk behind?

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

22
October
2015

Memories worth capturing

 Nothing compares to spending time capturing wildlife

In my opinion, the main ingredients for a great photograph are patience and luck. Patience goes hand in hand with the passion for photography. Luck is more a matter of increasing your chances of encounter and being ready to click the shutter button at this sacred moment, when all the factors suddenly come together for you to take a picture worth keeping forever.

15
October
2015

Immersed in a wild world

Report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program

 Lesser Noddy and chick

As the bottom of the boat scrapes the sandy beach, you instantly realise you are not alone. In a big city you feel like one out of thousands and here on Cousin Island Special Reserve it is the same. The only difference is that here, you are surrounded by thousands of wild animals which is proof that conservation leadership really works. There are countless birds flying around everywhere, nesting everywhere; you can hear them and smell them.

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

14
October
2015

A MAGICAL ENCOUNTER WITH NATURE

  Even the Aldabra tortoises on Cousin know that theirs is a magical existence

As you step off the boat onto Cousin Island, you know you are about to get a taste of paradise as your senses start to appreciate the sights, sounds and smells of this protected nature reserve. Numerous birds painted in the skies above, fluttering and singing as if to welcome the many visitors to the island and some perched on trees as if poised for a photoshoot. Lizards scurry into the forest undergrowth or behind fallen leaves, while the resident Giant Aldabra tortoises expectantly wait for a stroke on their uneven but enthralling faces.

Categories: Conservation, Birds, Seabirds, Tourism

17
September
2015

Counting the Inhabitants of Paradise

A Report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program

 Mirjam Jehle trying to determine if this giant tortoise is a she or a he by the shape of its belly

Many people dream of living on a deserted little island in close proximity to nature at its most pristine, but not many get the chance to do it. I am one of the lucky ones. I get to live on Cousin Island Special Reserve for a whole two months!

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Volunteering

09
September
2015

Sights and sounds of paradise

A report from Nature Seychelles International Volunteer Program

 The forest floor on Cousin is literally crawling with an array of wildlife (photo by Isabella Schmid)

Cousin Island Special Reserve, a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean; this 27 hectare paradise is where I will be spending the next seven weeks. As our boat landed on the pristine beach, there it was, the sound of nature. Apart from the warm welcome by the wardens, volunteers and staff, there was also another voice that welcomed us; a noisy but wonderful tweet from the trees by the beach; a Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris).

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

27
August
2015

Living and working in paradise

A report from Nature Seychelles international volunteer program

 Baby Giant Tortoise by Matijn Hammers

Cousin is a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The magnificence of this small shred of paradise leaves me breathless. The natural environment here seems almost untouched due to the hard and consistent conservation work by Nature Seychelles. To be part of this conservation project means a lot to me. As a biology student, fieldwork and experience is very important to widen my knowledge. Now after just one week on Cousin Island Special Reserve, I have already experienced some incredible moments.

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

14
August
2015

Spotting Sharks

A report from Nature Seychelles’ International Volunteer Program

 Nurse shark photo by Nick Graham

Seychelles, where is that? I vaguely remembered reading the name after ‘googling’ the world’s best dive destinations. I can safely say that after being here for the majority of two months, my knowledge of this tropical paradise, including its geography, Creol culture and cuisine, and most importantly Cousin Island, has since expanded.

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

04
August
2015

My time on Cousin

A Seychelloise writes about her time as a volunteer with Nature Seychelles’ international volunteer program

 The Seychelles Warbler by Jason Souyana

Picture this little bird, chirping, alone in the forest of an island lost in the Indian Ocean calling for his partner, but no one answers. He is unique and lives in this very special place and nowhere else in the entire world.

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

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