The district of La Misère is home to one of the most endangered species of birds of Seychelles. The Seychelles white-eyes, named after the ring of white circles around its eyes –resembling a pair of glasses-, has found refuge in this area for many years. However, with recent developments in the whole of Mahe, the colony has continuously been depleted with each passing year reaching an estimated 50 birds in 2017.
In order to create awareness about the species, the Island Biodiversity & Conservation Centre (IBC) of the University of Seychelles has been working with the school of La Misère and the community.
Recently, the team lead by Dr. Elvina Henriette coordinated a planting activity on the premises of the school.
“The school is within the feeding boundaries of the Seychelles White-eyes and so, we have introduced two species that are amongst their favourite food,” says Dr. Henriette.
These include 81 ‘bwa siro’ and ‘kastik’ which will in a few years attract the Seychelles White-Eyes as well as other birds.
The activity which involved mainly teachers of the school with the help of students is also going a long way towards creating awareness about a project to save the Seychelles White-Eyes. This project has been funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).
Contributed by the Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre (IBC) University of Seychelles.