Diet Composition of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Republic of Seychelles

Biodiversity, Environment, Hawksbill turtle, marine, Marine Turtles, Turtles No Comments »

hawksbill-turtleEffective conservation of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the western Indian Ocean is hindered by a lack of basic ecological information about its diet and habitat requirements. This study utilised stomach samples from dead turtles and oesophageal lavage, together with in-water observations of foraging turtles, to identify the relative importance of species contributing to the diet of hawksbill turtles at five localities in the Republic of Seychelles. Read more

Our Friends the Pollinators

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[Pollinator-Handbook-Martins-April-201pollinators-coverNature Kenya’s (BirdLife Partner in Kenya) Insect Committee have made available for free download a pollinators conservation handbook. “Our Friends the Pollinators: A Handbook of Pollinator Diversity and Conservation in East Africa” is written and illustrated  by Dino J Martins. According to the publishers The goal of the book “is to inspire excitement about pollinators, and make the link with food, and people’s livelihoods.” The book “also aims to create awareness, provide practical information on the diversity of pollinators in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi), and introduce you to a few of them.” An excerpt from the book says: “The relationships between insects and flowers are ancient, intricate, and fragile. Working with pollinators helps us to glimpse, and understand some of the most wonderfully beautiful, and complex interactions on the planet. We expect that the learning shared in this book will help to shape a strong grassroots movement that works for the protection of habitats, better farming practices, and the restoring of pollination services. We hope that our sense of wonder at pollinators, and their interaction with flowers, will pass to future generations through this book.” Download and share the handbook from this link

Free to download Marvellous Mangroves Poster

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marvellous_mangrovesNature Seychelles is presently completing a mangrove and wetland rehabilitation project jointly funded by Mangroves for the Future (MFF) and Nature Seychelles. Under the project an interpretation board depicting the importance of mangroves to our islands was developed and is mounted at the Bird Hide at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman. We have made it available for download as a poster here. It fits within an A2 and is 59cm by 33cm. Click this link to download

The youth guide to biodiversity 1st Edition

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The youth guide to biodiversity

An excellent guide to biodiversity for youth part of the Youth and United Nations Global Alliance Learning and Action Series . Like it, share it, use it and apply it! http://bit.ly/15hPsyX