Seabirds

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

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

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

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

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

08
June
2015

Triumphs and tragedies in paradise

A Report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

  With no predators on Cousin Island, tourists can get very close to birds, a treat for many who visit the island

As a ‘veteran’ volunteer of Cousin Island turtle season, I have been able to witness some of the most incredible wildlife spectacles. For example, watching turtles as they emerge from the water to embark on their journey to lay their eggs, then later observing what seemed to me, millions of hatchlings scattered all over these stunning beaches as they instinctively make their way to the ocean. The knowledge that they too will one day return to the same beach to lay their eggs is mind blowing!

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

23
April
2015

Monitoring the next generation of Seabirds in Seychelles

 

The white or fairy tern is pure white - by Peter Chadwick

One of the many exciting volunteer tasks on Cousin Island Special Reserve is monitoring the resident breeding seabirds. During the past two months we have been monitoring the elegant white tern (Glygis alba), and the ferocious looking white-tailed tropic bird (Phaethon lepturus).

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Research, Birds, Nature People, Seabirds, Wildlife

17
September
2014

Witnessing bird behavior

Living life on Cousin Island is often equivalent to living in an Attenborough documentary or a living laboratory. Whilst tourists are exposed to an excellent taster during their one and a half hour tour of Cousin Island Special Reserve, its only through living on the Island and total immersion in the wildlife that you get to see some truly interesting behavior.

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

13
August
2014

A trip to Yorkshire to learn about bird pathology and a literary genius

 

As coordinator for the Seychelles Magpie-Robin Recovery Team (SMART), I am responsible for dealing with any issues that arise with this charismatic yet troubled species. For the past decade or so things have been running smoothly for the endangered bird having been translocated to four islands resulting in an upwards trend on each. Yet it is important to remember that we are still dealing with an endangered species, with around 280 birds in existence.

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Conservation, Birds, Nature People, Seabirds, Tourism, Wildlife

11
August
2014

Seychelles warbler back from the brink

Seychelles News Agency 10Aug2014) - It’s the first conservation success story of its kind in the world: the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) was one of the most threatened bird species in the world in the 1960s – down to a total population of only 26 birds, conservation experts had to move fast to avert the birds from becoming entirely extinct.

Categories: Conservation, Birds, Nature People, Seabirds, Wildlife

08
August
2014

La vie est belle à Cousin

An English woman, an Irish man, and a French woman sat down one day to write about working on a nature reserve...

La vie est belle à Cousin. Our working week gets us up with the sunrise and back home 2 hours before sunset. There’s always loads of work to be done here on the island but also lots fun to be had.

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

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