Living with the generator


It’s lunchtime of a baking hot day. I am sitting on the front porch of the research house in hopes of catching the ridiculously occasional movement of air which does not even qualify as a breeze. The laptop I am typing on has 60 minutes of battery left and I am hoping that I can type this quick enough so that I could finish it before the inevitable shutdown of the computer. If I don’t I will have to wait until 6pm when the generator gets turned on. The generator. The noisy, fuel-consuming thing that drives the electronics on the Cousin Island Special Reserve.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Infrastructure


Conservation has everything to do with roofing!

Loading of roofing material

"No job too tough," said the slogan on the truck parked at the Grand Anse pier on Praslin delivering goods bound for Cousin Island Special Reserve. It perfectly summed up the mood of the people transferring goods from the truck to a dingy that cloudy Monday morning.

You might wonder why a conservation organisation is telling you about construction material. But this un-interesting side (for some) of running a nature reserve has a lot to do with conservation, sustainability and the environment.

Categories: Nature People, Infrastructure