|Seychelles Magpie Robin|
An island-wide landbird point count was conducted in late November / begin December 2015. For this census, a grid with 58 counting points (150m apart from each other) was made with a GPS.
For a duration of 5 minutes, all endemic bird species (Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Seychelles Warbler, Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody and Seychelles Blue Pigeon) seen and heard were counted on each point.
|Denis Environment staff and GIF volunteer surveying|
For the staff and GIF volunteers, the census was fun to do, as it involved a lot of strolling through the dense forest in parts that are rarely visited. Long clothes and plenty of mosquito spray were a must though!
With the data, a distribution map was made for each species, and by use of specialized analysis software, a population estimate for each species will be generated.