Turtle Monitoring and Protection

Looking back at Seychelles’ history you will find that turtles were largely exploited. This was mainly for their meat which was used in local dishes; and their carapace which was used to fashion jewellery and other trinkets.

Bird Island’s Turtle Project started back in 1995 in an effort to protect these beautiful sea creatures. Over 350 Hawksbill and Green Turtles are now being recorded, tagged and monitored as they visit the island and the data is fed to the Seychelles-wide turtle monitoring project.

We are actively involved in measuring, tagging and recording turtle statistics, as well as monitoring and protecting their nesting sites; which is critical to the survival of these endangered species.

Today, Bird Island is known for having one of the largest populations of nesting Hawksbill Turtles in the Seychelles.

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Among the many tasks carried out on the island, one involves turtle hatchlings. Turtle eggs are rescued from vulnerable nests and are kept safe until their hatching period where they are then released to the sea. Guests may experience seeing one of the most amazing creations of mother nature as a nest of over 100 tiny turtles hatch and begin their life or death race down the beach to the water’s edge. This is a sight that will remain with you forever.