Monday, 26 September 2016

Conservation activities for the Seychelles Magpie Robin on Denis Island

Seychelles Magpie Robin (Klaartje Puttemans)
In the Central Seychelles group, various endemic birds are still classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN redlist. This includes the Seychelles Magpie Robin (SMR; Copsychus Sechellarum) which can be found on Denis Island. Over the last few months, the Denis Island environment team with the help of GIF staff have implemented extensive conservation activities to safeguard the population of SMR on the island.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Myna eradication internship on North Island

Volunteers checking the traps
Our experience on North Island for the Mynah eradication internship was amazing. It has always been a dream to visit the astonishing North Island, but we consider ourselves as two of the "lucky ones" because  we got to stay and call the place home rather than just a visit. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Celebrating Sea Turtles at the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival 2016

Children playing the Turtle wheel of fortune!
Green Islands Foundation showed up once again with lots of fun activities and educational games at the family fun day for the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival held on 6th August 2016. With the help of North Island environment staff, we made sure everybody who visited our stand learnt a little bit more about one of the most charismatic marine species, sea turtles, and why we should protect them.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Brown Noddy Census and Green Turtle Season

Sooty terns landing amongst the plastic models
With Janske & Martijn going on their one month leave at the end of May, it was up to Tommy and me to keep things ticking over on Denis Island. We began to carry out island tours and evening presentations for the hotel guests. Whilst enabling us to improve on our knowledge of the island, the tours offered us an opportunity to interact with guests. We are able to chat with new people on a regular basis. Given we are on an isolated island where we recognise almost everyone; it does make a welcome change (although we ran into a few troubles with guests who didn’t speak English. I tried my very best to remember my basic GCSE French to no real avail).

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Learning about sharks with Praslin fishermen and schoolchildren

Group photo with the children from
Grand Anse Praslin primary
Shark education by Green Islands Foundation is not only limited to the main island Mahe, but to everyone in Seychelles. That is why last weekend we went to Praslin to meet with a group of fishermen and school children to raise awareness on sharks. The workshops were organized as part of the "Shark Fin Soup" project being implemented by the Fishermen and Boat Owner's Association (FBOA) in collaboration of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) and GIF.