Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Killer Mynas trapped to save rare endemic birds

Common or Indian Myna
The Green Islands Foundation is in the process of eradicating Common Myna birds from Denis Island as part of the GEF funded protected area project. Common Mynas cause problems worldwide and spread further every year, they are found on many islands within the Seychelles archipelago after being introduced from Mauritius in the 19th century. 

The forest on Denis Island contains many indigenous tree species providing ideal habitat for several of Seychelles endemic birds that were reintroduced within the past decade. On Denis Island Common Mynas are believed to

Monday, 4 August 2014

BRUV analysis

As part of the UNDP/GEF Protected Area project, Baited remote underwater video (BRUV’s) were taken from 22 sites around Denis Island with the help of MCSS in April 2014. Sites were chosen at two of the main dive sites and then around from the North point of the island around the East coast and around the South point.  It was originally planned to have at least 4 surveys in each area but because of sea conditions and other unforeseen circumstances, in the end only 20 sites were done.

Beach Profiling - Denis Island

During a beach profile monitoring exercise on Sunday February 2, 2014 -- where Gilberte Gendron, a research staff from the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) conducted staff training for those working for both Denis Island and the Green Islands Foundation (GIF), an NGO which focuses on environmental research on Denis Island - several Wedge Tail Shearwaters including chicks in a burrow of intertwined Casuarina roots on the coast were found.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Vegetation Mapping Poster Denis Island

Protected Area Project

Strengthening Seychelles’ Protected Area System through NGO Management Modalities (PA Project)
GIF forms part of a large Protected Area Project, a UNDP supported project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This project includes many other organisations in Seychelles such as The Ministry of Environment and Energy, SIF, SFA, SNPA, MLUH, Nature Seychelles, MCSS and others.
The Protected Area project started in 2011 to create synergies between current Government conservation efforts and those of non-government partners in the establishment of new protected areas, and also to improve the management of existing terrestrial and marine protected areas.  The main outcomes of this project are: