Our plastic oceans

Even the remotest islands in the world are suffering pollution emanating from the sea and Bird Island is sadly no exception. Over the last weekend a group of French volunteers paid a short visit to clean the beaches of rubbish that had floated ashore. Today, the day after their departure, Christine and I walked around … More Our plastic oceans

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!)

Arctic springtime

Crocuses and snowdrops in full bloom indicated the arrival of spring, but this was over a month later than our experience of similar events in southern England. I had taken Christine north so that she could experience life in snow and ice, something far removed from her home in tropical Seychelles! I had pre-booked Icelandic … More Arctic springtime

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

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

Enjoyed your holiday in Seychelles? Want to come back? The secret is …………..

My love for Seychelles began when I lived here from December 1971 to November 1973. At the end of this time I had to return to a cold and snowy UK in order to analyse all my data on Bird Island’s Sooty Terns and write up the results for publication. But leaving the beautiful islands … More Enjoyed your holiday in Seychelles? Want to come back? The secret is …………..

Bird Island’s Sooty Terns – the story continues

Eggs are now hatching over most parts of the Bird Island colony and the parents are highly attentive and protective. Chicks younger than three days are largely confined to their nests, only a few seeking shelter beneath some of the herbaceous vegetation close to their nests. Older chicks, but still covered in down and without … More Bird Island’s Sooty Terns – the story continues