Blue Pigeons and Bulbuls bounce back in Seychelles

In the 1960s a paper in the British Ornithologists’ Union journal, Ibis, by a group of students from Bristol University, UK, raised awareness of the critical plight of some of Seychelles’ endemic birds. Particular concern was raised about the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone corvina, the Seychelles Warbler Acrocephalus sechellensis and the Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus … More Blue Pigeons and Bulbuls bounce back in Seychelles

Silence on North Island

On 25 May Christine and I, along with Wilna Accouche, who replaced Arjan de Groene as General Manager of the Seychelles NGO Green Islands Foundation (GIF), travelled in heavy seas to North Island. On arrival our belongings were taken to the island’s biosecurity centre, where all incoming goods are inspected in a rodent-proof room (to … More Silence on North Island

Icelandic colonists from Europe (no, not the Vikings!)

In my book “The Starling” (Oxford University Press), published in 1984 (doesn’t seem like 33 years ago!) I noted the then relatively recent colonisation of Iceland by breeding Starlings. They were first recorded breeding in the south-east of the island, at Hornafjörŏur in 1940 and then in Reykjavic in 1960. This was at a time … More Icelandic colonists from Europe (no, not the Vikings!)

More rain in Andalucía encourages the ducks’ return

February 8 found us back in Andalucía, with sparkling winter sun but an icy northerly wind. As usual on the first full day, we headed for Fuente de Piedra in the afternoon. On our approach from the village our first sighting of the lagoon produced disappointment because the main lagoon appeared dryer than when last … More More rain in Andalucía encourages the ducks’ return

The North Island myna eradication – update January 2017

Earlier posts have described progress in the myna eradication project on North Island, Seychelles. The eradication has been proceeding well and is approaching its final stages. Green Islands Foundation, who are administering the project, are now advertising for a new volunteer (https://greenislandsfoundation.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_29.html) to assist with the completion of the eradication. The full advertisement is printed … More The North Island myna eradication – update January 2017

Rain rain come again – a plea answered (to an extent) in Andalucía

After a prolonged drought, a deluge soaked southern Andalucía on 2-4 December 2016, in Malaga leading a bus to take on the appearance a sinking boat! For farmers and wildlife, however, this rain has been welcome. I arrived on 8 December and in the evening paid my first visit to Laguna Fuente de Piedra. I … More Rain rain come again – a plea answered (to an extent) in Andalucía