Silhouette, North Island’s bigger sister

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

North Island – second changeover of the myna team

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

Sooty Tern progress

The Sooty Tern colony is now densely packed with birds. The first birds that laid are now about half way through their 28-day incubation period and these parents are already becoming more aggressive towards us as we visit our study plots. Our ankles are being regularly pecked, sometimes drawing blood, and more and more we … More Sooty Tern progress

Can North Island regain some of its lost seabirds?

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?

WildWings Bird Management begins a new myna eradication on North Island, Seychelles

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

Common Mynas eradicated from Denis Island, Seychelles: paper published

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 Yorkshire Dogwhelks to Seychelles Mynas: the enduring thrill of “accepted”!

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”!