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Newsletter December 2019 (Part 2)

December 16, 2019 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

SeyCCAT Project Update : The Sooty Terns' Successful StartWe've set off on a positive note with 13 fledglings out at sea and relaying their locations back to us via the the Argos Satellites. 13 of the 15 youngsters that left Bird Island Between the 6th and 17th September have been taken by their parents to an area near the Coco-de-Mer Ridge, a submarine mountain range that lies about 350-600 kilometres to the north-north-east of Bird Island. This suggests that waters around the undersea ...

Newsletter September 2019

December 16, 2019 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Projects, Plastics and PerseveranceDefining Marine Protected Areas through Technology and Sooty Terns Moving full steam ahead into the second half of this year, one of our most notable achievements has been the start of The Sooty Tern Tracking Project. Thanks to funding secured from SeyCCAT; Bird Island, Dr Rachel Bristol and our man-woman team Prof Chris Feare and Christine Larose of Wildwings Bird Management have been able to partner up to work on the satellite tracking of juvenile Sooty ...

Newsletter June 2019

June 19, 2019 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Early BirdsWe are in our Sooty Tern Season and once again the birds arrived earlier than expected. By the end of March thousands of birds were already hovering over the northern part of the island where the Sooty Tern reserve is located. Once April had arrived you would find them spending the day either flying above the island or out fishing but towards the late afternoon, around 5 pm,  you could really see the colony as the birds would slowly begin coming down to rest.

Newsletter March 2019

March 5, 2019 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

World Wildlife Day - Life below water for people and planetThis World Wildlife Day which took place on Sunday 3rd March, celebrated life below water. This could not be more fitting for Bird Island where it is not only the birds that reign but also the breathtaking marine life surrounding it. The ocean is such an important part of our lives yet many of us take it for granted. That wonderful seafood we enjoy, the fuel used to provide us with electricity and to power our cars, that f...

Reminder: Flight Times for 2019

February 5, 2019 1:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Important NoticeKindly note our flight schedule for 2019, effective from 1st January 2019                 Mahe to Bird at 1040Hrs (Check-in at 0940Hrs, Domestic Terminal)                Bird to Mahe at 1125Hrs (Check-in at 1055Hrs, Bird Island

Newsletter December 2018

December 11, 2018 1:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

To our dear readers,Yet again, another year comes to a close. Somehow Christmas seems to come around even faster these days. As is customary, tomorrow will be our last day on the island.

A Rare Sighting: The Great Cormorant

September 3, 2018 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Bird Island is renowned for the number of non-resident birds that appear in its approximately 100 hectares of land. This might be because Bird is the northernmost island of Seychelles, and thus possibly the first land seen by birds arriving from the north.On 9th April 2018, a cormorant was discovered on the island’s east coast. It was then seen again on 17th April.

‘Victoria Accueil’ Joins us once again for World Environment Day!

June 13, 2018 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The French Association 'Victoria Accueil' joined us again this June to do a bit of beach cleaning along Bird Island's shores. This was to coincide with World Environment Day which occurs on June 5th. Bird Island Lodge welcomed 6 members from the French-speaking association, which this year was led by Mr Alix de Bretagne.This year was no exception, with litter such as plastic slippers, water bottles and polystyrene materials which had washed onto our shores.

Newsletter May 2018

May 8, 2018 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Sooty Terns: Always something new to learnOn Bird Island and in other colonies throughout Seychelles, Sooty Terns breed seasonally during the south-east trade wind, roughly April to October. Outside this time, the millions of birds involved disappear from Seychelles' waters and their whereabouts have been a mystery until now.A collaboration among researchers who carry out continuous studies on Bird Island has led to new astounding discoveries regarding these birds' 'travel' behav...