Marine

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

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

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

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

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
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

16
April
2015

Shark Tales from Cousin Island

One of the best things about volunteering on Cousin Island Special Reserve is to snorkel in a marine protected area. Although a lot of the coral is dead due to the El Niño, there is still an amazing array of marine life, from the beautiful tropical fishes to the graceful hawksbill turtles. My favorite animals in the sea are the sharks.

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

09
January
2015

Reef rescuers boat back in the water

We are happy to report that as of today the Reef Rescuers boat is back in the water after three and a half weeks of hard work.

Categories: Conservation, Marine

23
December
2014

Bringing back the coral reef

A healthy reef (control) photo credit Claude Reveret

One of the main challenges in any coral reef restoration project is to document that the restored site is making good progress, meaning, the restoration effort has resulted in a recovery of the ecosystem function and is closer to a healthy undisturbed reef than to a degraded, dead reef.

Categories: Marine

18
November
2014

Elegance is overrated

photo by Martijn Hammers

Grace and elegance are two words that I generally wouldn’t associate with myself. Bish, bash, bosh is a more accurate description of my approach to life. The finesse may not always be there, but the job gets done. I’m efficient, but I’ll get dirt under my fingernails and probably spill something down my T-shirt in the process.

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

25
September
2014

Fantastic opening to turtle season

 

The first Hawksbill turtles of the season have landed on Cousin for nesting. On our very first turtle beach patrol on the 2nd of September, we discovered the relatively fresh tracks of a nesting female but were sadly too late to encounter the turtle herself.

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

16
September
2014

Raising awareness on sea turtle conservation

I have chosen to produce a documentary showing the endless wildlife that calls Cousin Island home and the beautiful habitat they live in. I am Emily Corden, 20 years old and studying Marine and natural history photography at Falmouth University. I am in my third and final year of the course.

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

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