Monday, 2 May 2016
Tucked away in the far north-east corner of the Seychelles Archipelago lies Denis Private Island, a tiny speck of emerald glinting in the Indian Ocean. Denis is home to some truly remarkable animals, and so, as any budding zoologist would, I jumped at the chance to spend six months working in this special place.
Monday, 25 April 2016
Thursday, 24 March 2016
|Carrying the concrete blocks|
Arjan and Jennifer who work at GIF headquarters in Mahé landed on Denis Island last Tuesday to install fixed underwater transects for the marine monitoring program. Our aim was to set out transects at 4 site location around Denis Island to standardize collection of data on the reefs over the years.
Friday, 18 March 2016
Week 3 – Fairy Terns and hatchlings
The inquisitive Fairy Terns following me on my patrol
Jennifer from GIF, has flown in to assist with a Fairy Tern survey. In a 200 sq m area we count nests, eggs, chicks, single birds, pairs of birds and also note the vegetation. We repeat this over 70 different GPS representative points across the island to establish a guide to the breeding population. Apart from a stiff neck and a hairy caterpillar rash we finish in just over 3 days and then I input the data for later analysis.
Monday, 14 March 2016
Week One – Turtle and chips
|The male Paradise Flycatcher `on guard` at the nest|