Seychelles Magpie Robin

Nature Seychelles is a leading environmental organisation in the Western Indian Ocean. It is the largest and oldest environmental NGO in the Seychelles archipelago, where it is involved in environmental conservation and management.
It is an association registered in the Seychelles with a board of Trustees, and a local and international membership since 1998. It is also the BirdLife Partner in Seychelles, a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).
Nature Seychelles manages the world-famous Cousin Island Special Reserve, one of the oldest marine protected areas in Seychelles.
The primary objective of Nature Seychelles according to its statutes is to improve the conservation of biodiversity through scientific, management, educational and training programme.

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Cousin Island Special Reserve

This granitic island and surrounding sea area was made a Nature Reserve when it was bought in 1968 by the International Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife International) in order to protect the last tiny population of a near extinct endemic bird species, the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus seychellensis). The entire island, including the 400 meters of water surrounding the island, was also declared a ‘Special Reserve’ by the Seychelles Government in 1975. The island is managed by Nature Seychelles since 1998.
The transformation of the island from an ecologically impoverished coconut plantation into a thriving indigenous forest also benefitted other species notably the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Copsychus sechellarum.


Seychelles Magpie Robin

This charismatic bird, originally found in great numbers on several islands, was in 1990 down to a population of only 23 birds on Frégate Island, making it one of the most critically endangered species in the world. A special recovery program was established leading to the eventual translocation of several birds to Cousin, Cousine, Aride and Denis islands. Today, the Cousin Island population is between 45-50. Nature Seychelles coordinates the Seychelles Magpie Robin Recovery Team (SMART), which ensures the continuous monitoring and conservation management of these birds. Every 6 months a meeting is held to share news and data from each island and make necessary conservation management decisions. On Cousin the birds are monitored to keep continuous records of their behavior and breeding biology.
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"I chose Cousin Island because I wanted to learn about conservation and ecotourism. I also wanted to become independent and to see how I would feel working on an island, and how really different it was from Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue."
Students of the Seychelles Tourism Academy


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