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Seychelles Warbler downgraded from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened

Seychelles warbler (by Martijn Hammers)

Seychelles warbler (by Martijn Hammers)

Once you could barely hear the chirping of this songbird with its only 25 individuals left in a mangrove swamp on a small island in Seychelles, but now the singing is louder with a symphony that comprises over 3000 birds. The population of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis), which once had the dubious distinction of being one of the rarest birds in the world, is now 115 times what it was over three decades ago with a population spread over 5 islands. Intensive conservation efforts have ensured this endemic bird did not vanish completely. Read More »

Meet Vincent Nedderneijer

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Vincent Nedderneijer is a 26 year old MA student from the University of Gronigen in the Netherlands. He has come to the Seychelles to join the study group that carries out research on Seychelles warblers. The study has been ongoing for a decade now, and brings together the University of East Anglia, University of Gronigen, University of Sheffield and Nature Seychelles and others.

The Seychelles Warbler, you may recall, was the reason that in 1968 BirdLife International (then the International Council for the Protection of Birds) purchased Cousin Island. At the time the warbler was sliding dangerously towards extinction. Cousin Island provided a home and helped save  the warblers, and also provided a home for other endemic species. There have now also been successful trans-locations of warblers from Cousin to other islands РCousine, Aride and Dennis.

Vincent’s Master’s is on Behavioural Biology. He was thus keen to be involved in any study of animals in the tropics. He was happy to end up in the Seychelles, he says. “What I have seen looks sensational. It’s what I had expected, maybe a little more”. He has previously been to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. On Cousin Island he will share a home with seabirds, land birds including 5 endemic species, reptiles and mingle with the wardens and other volunteers.

This blog will keep you up to date with Vincent’s experience’s.

Read about: Cooperative breeding in the Seychelles warbler in last issue of Zwazo.