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Newsletter #6                                         March 2017
A New Year...

It feels like we just sent Christmas Greetings your way and now Easter is just around the corner. Where does the time go? We're already into the third month of the year!

2016 was a bumper year for the Sooty Tern Colony on Bird Island and we're hoping that this year will be just as successful. The sea turtles also had a good breeding season with higher numbers of nests recorded than in the previous year.

We'll be continuing with our conservation work in 2017, pushing forward with our projects and supporting research visits. The work has already started with our new fishing policy in place which announces the end to fishing by boat around the island and promotes shore fishing as a sustainable recreational activity. This is probably not what the blue-water fishing enthusiast wants to hear but Bird Island is moving forward more than ever in protecting its natural heritage. 

On a lighter note, this month we launched the Bird Island Photography Competition! It's a great way for our guests to show off their artistic side whilst expressing their love for the island. Keep reading to find out more.
Fun Turtle Encounters! 
The turtle nest count over this past breeding season has been good. 288 Hawksbill Turtle nests have been recorded compared to 121 early last year.

With regards to Green Turtles, 57 nests were recorded this year compared to 45 nests last year. 

Guests on the island during the breeding season had the chance to observe several turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. There were also many fun encounters with the baby sea turtles making their way to the open ocean.
Seychelles is becoming an increasingly popular fishing destination. As an eco-lodge our priority is to maintain the natural environment of Bird Island and its surrounding marine life. A step taken to ensure this has been to encourage sustainable tourism practices. One such practice has been to stop offering offshore boat fishing from Bird Island as a recreational activity. 

What is felt to be a more sustainable approach, is fly-fishing, which is considered as a more ‘pure’ form of fishing and is generally known to follow a conservation ethic of catch-and -release.

Such types of fishing may be practiced at Bird Island free of charge. Guests just have to bring their own equipment.
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Join our Photo Competition!
We invite all photographers, amateur and professional, to join the Bird Island Seychelles Photography Competition! Send through images captured whilst holidaying on this island during the month of June through to September 2017 and stand a chance to win a return trip to this awesome place! Unleash your creativity and send in your shots, whether of breathtaking sunsets, lovers by the beach, our friendly Creole staff or the fantastic wildlife, anything that captures the essence of Bird Island. So what are you waiting for? Here’s your excuse to escape to our island once again! 

Note: Participants must read the full Terms and Conditions prior to registering for the photography competition. Visit www.birdislandseychelles.com/news for more information or...
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Important dates this month:
3rd March 
World
Wildlife Day
22nd March 
World Water Day
25th March
8:30 PM
Earth Hour
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