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
During my two-year residence in Seychelles in the early 1970s I was forever finding myself entangled in the huge sticky webs of Palm Spiders (Nephila inaurata). The female spiders are large, with dark brown bodies up to 3 centimetres long and long spindly legs, banded orange and black, giving the spider a total span … More Where have all the spiders gone?
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
When Christine and I arrived on North Island on 12 May 2016, we were loaned a small wooden house in the staff village, similar to one in which we had lived in 2012 during an earlier myna eradication attempt. The house we were given on our arrival in 2016 was the permanent residence of a … More Bats, Banyans and Bangs
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