Plastic on the beach

Beach “clean-ups” have become an integral part of life for many coastal communities as plastic waste increasingly renders beaches unsightly and sometimes dangerous. Seychelles, with 115 islands scattered over thousands of square kilometres of Indian Ocean, is no exception. In previous blogs I have mentioned Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), constructed from buoys, plastic floats, plastic … More Plastic on the beach

Tortoise doctors

During the afternoon of 20 July Nick Savy, General Manager of Bird Island, came round to our chalet to ask if we could help to treat a tortoise that had been injured by a falling tree, resulting in a fractured carapace. Bird Island hosts about twenty tortoises, but they are not the kind you would … More Tortoise doctors

SeyCCAT funds a programme for satellite tracking of juvenile Sooty Terns from Bird Island

Since 2011, part of our work on Sooty Terns in Seychelles has been directed at finding where our Sooty Terns go when they are at sea. This has been made possible by the miniaturisation of electronic tracking devices, which are now sufficiently small to attach to Sooty Terns. The first study involved the use of … More SeyCCAT funds a programme for satellite tracking of juvenile Sooty Terns from Bird Island

Birds and restaurants

In Seychelles (and doubtless elsewhere) hotels, ranging from small guest houses to huge five-star buildings catering for those who want luxury, have been built in areas with bird populations that form part of the attraction for many of the guests. In warmer climes, the restaurants associated with the hotels are open plan, often with outside … More Birds and restaurants

Bird Island’s land birds – natural or out of place?

When first discovered Bird Island probably had few land birds and R W Coppinger, who visited in 1882, stated categorically that there were none. By 1907 John Fryer, as part of the Percy Sladen Trust expedition to the Indian Ocean, found that Madagascar Fodies and Barred Ground Doves had arrived on Bird Island, and Desmond … More Bird Island’s land birds – natural or out of place?

Bird Island is not just for Sooty Terns!

When Bird Island was first discovered by Europeans in the 1770s, it was described as being covered by “innumerable” birds and later visitors reaffirmed this, also mentioning scant vegetation. The discoverers did not name the birds they found but Sooty Terns were likely to have been the most numerous species. Other species, mainly ground nesting … More Bird Island is not just for Sooty Terns!

A rare and strange condition found in a Sooty Tern

During an evening search for ringed Sooty Terns in the Bird Island colony on 8 June, the youngest member of our team, Dylan Savy, found an incubating adult with its tongue extending below the lower mandible, having pierced the skin and other tissues in the bottom of the mouth. This condition is called a sub-lingual … More A rare and strange condition found in a Sooty Tern