The Green Islands Foundation (GIF) is an environmental NGO, registered and based in Seychelles, dedicated to the "Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development". This blog has been established to keep stakeholders and interested parties informed of our ongoing activities.
Well its finally here,
I have arrived on North Island and first impressions are it is fantastic,
unique and I have died and gone to heaven.
Before arriving on the
project I spent a week on Mahe to explore and visit places like the Botanical
Gardens where I saw such beauties as the protected Coco de Mer which has also
been introduced onto North. From the moment I met
CJ off the staff boat I was made to feel completely at home and welcome. North Island is overwhelmingly
beautiful. Tarryn gave us a guided tour
of the island and explained the ethos of the project. Like CJ she was so welcoming and captivated
us with an island tour.
Elliot at work with the critically endangered
Next its West Beach
patrol and we were introduced to Elliott who after 7 years on the island is
just bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm for everything that moves, flys,
swims and grows out of the ground. After
a visit to the secluded honeymoon bay we move to West Bay to patrol in search
of Turtle tracks.We not only found the
tracks but Mrs Hawksbill herself is there to greet us with an outstanding nesting
display. It is now the season for the stunning
Hawksbill Turtle and we were so lucky to watch one laying on our very first
The next activity to learn
was Tortoise monitoring.We patrolled on
the electric buggy and found a number of the big boys including the 180 year
old Brutus.We log their location for
East Beach patrol and
we find another new turtle nest but mum has already left the scene. We learn the how to identify where the egg
chamber is likely to be and designate the nest with pegs and a `coconut sign`.
White Tailed Tropicbird on a chick.
Our final Beach of the
day is Petit Anse which doubles as the staff beach and to finish an already
amazing day we see a Long Tailed Tropicbird sat on her nest at the base of a
tree. They sometimes nest on the ground
and only have one egg. Quite a beautiful
ending to a wonderful, fulfilling and enriching first day with so much more to
look forward to.