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
In November 2013 a whirlwind hit Seychelles. On Denis Island in 2010 I, with the help of volunteers, had made a very promising start to the eradication of Common Mynas to prevent their predation of some of Seychelles’ endemic birds that had been on the verge of extinction. Unfortunately, the project had waned in 2011 … More Arjan de Groene, General manager of Green Islands Foundation 2013-2016
“Invasive alien species” (IAS) is the term used to describe animal and plant (and even bacteria, viruses) species that have been deliberately or accidentally introduced to new parts of the world, generally through human a gency, and having been introduced they have the capacity to thrive in their new environments. In so doing they can … More Invasive Alien Species (IAS) – not just on small islands
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
From 1965 to 1968 my PhD research investigated the biology of a rocky shore snail, the Dogwhelk (Nucella lapillus), on an exposed shale reef just north of the idyllic fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire. Leeds University had a Marine Biology recently-refurbished laboratory in the village. Based there, my fieldwork involved walking the … More From Yorkshire Dogwhelks to Seychelles Mynas: the enduring thrill of “accepted”!
Seychelles is an archipelago of tiny islands scattered across the tropical western Indian Ocean. Their isolation protected them from permanent human settlement until about 250 years ago. Since that time the islands have seen huge changes at man’s hand. This has included the introduction, deliberate and accidental, of many animal and plant species from other … More Bungee-jumping caterpillars
Chris Feare’s rebirth as WildWings Bird Management took place in 1996, following a career of research in bird management spanning a quarter of a century. WildWings Bird Management offers consultancy on the management of wild birds for conservation and pest bird control, and includes research on management options and on the basic biology of birds of … More Welcome to WildWings Bird Management’s first blog post