No raucous Sooty Terns! No noisily chanting Common Mynas! Christine and I left Seychelles earlier than intended but since our return to UK we have been blessed with sunshine and daytime temperatures close to those we experienced during the south-east trades on Bird and North Islands. After a four-month absence however, my Surrey garden resembled … More The silence of a August English garden
In the post of 24 July on sunsets on Bird Island, I mentioned the green flash that sometimes accompanies the disappearance of the last rim of the sun’s disc at sunset. On North Island on the evening of 7 August the six members of our myna eradication team, along with some volunteers on other environmental … More That green flash again!
Looking towards the south-west from North Island’s west beach, Silhouette Island rises majestically from the ocean as a massive rock. It is, in fact, Seychelles’ fourth largest Island but it differs from the three larger islands (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) in never having been developed to the same extent. Its human community has always … More Silhouette, North Island’s bigger sister
On 5 August Christine and I returned to North Island to welcome and train two new volunteers, who will carry the myna eradication forward for the next six months. The island is much drier than when we left in May. Badamyann trees (Terminalia catappa, commonly known as Indian Almond), are losing their leaves as is … More North Island – second changeover of the myna team
On 25 July I returned to North Island on a day trip to give a brief training session to new volunteer students from the University of Seychelles. These students, Dillys Pomponeau and Krystel D’Offay, have been recruited by Arjan de Groene, General Manager of Green Islands Foundation, to continue the myna eradication until the arrival … More All change on North Island
On North Island’s west coast is a narrow plateau on which Sunset Beach and Honeymoon Beach stand (the latter also called Anse Bonnen Kari, the Creole name for the Barringtonia trees that dominate the beach crest’s woodland). Inland of these beaches is it possible to find broken pieces of sandstone rock, very different from the … More Can North Island regain some of its lost seabirds?
Our three weeks on North Island came to an end on 1 June. A choppy sea gave our return boat trip to Mahe an exciting edge and we had wonderful views of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters at their best as they soared at the margin between wind and wave. During the morning trap round on 1 June … More Myna eradication on North Island – progress to date
On Sunday 22 May we took advantage of a gap between inspection rounds of our Myna traps to venture along the hiking trail to the top pf Spa Hill, one of North Island’s highest points and lying in the south-east corner of the island. The footpath is steep in places and where rock climbing might … More Striding up Spa Hill
On 12 May Christine, Bethan, Sarah and I arrived by boat from Mahe to North Island to commence the new myna eradication. The process is being funded jointly by the island and by Green Islands Foundation, with administrative support on the island by its conservation officers, Chris (“CJ”) Havemann and Tarryn Retief, and from GIF … More WildWings Bird Management begins a new myna eradication on North Island, Seychelles
In 2010 WildWings Bird Management was contracted by Green Islands Foundation to begin an eradication of Common Mynas from Denis Island, a privately owned island in Seychelles. This was due to concerns over the negative effect of mynas on some of Seychelles’ rare endemic birds that had recently been introduced to the island to provide … More Common Mynas eradicated from Denis Island, Seychelles: paper published