Turtles

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

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

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

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

11
June
2015

A turtle's tale

A Report from Nature Seychelles' International Volunteer Program

 Hawksbill turtle nesting on Cousin Island

The Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a relatively small species of marine turtles inhabiting tropical waters around the world. Hawksbills are classified as critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. 

Categories: Living on a nature reserve, Turtles, Volunteering

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

03
September
2014

A First (Green) Turtle Hatching for Many

Thursday (28th August) was the much anticipated day when the Green Turtle nest in front of our Deputy Chief Warden’s house finally hatched. April had been keeping a watchful eye on the nest and had noted signs of activity from the chamber below evident on the surface sand.

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

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