If you suspect that you might have developed gills instead of a pair of lungs OR you spend so much time in the water that you have actually started growing webbed feet... You will LOVE our new project the "Wildlife and terrestrial conservation programme". On this volunteer programme, volunteers carry out turtle nest surveys and in-water turtle snorkels as well as giant tortoise surveys and coco de mer surveys. Training is relatively fast and volunteers are usually collecting data quite quickly. This means that you will dive into the work as fast as possible and will be able to be of valuable help to the local staff just after a few days. This is a demanding project and volunteers will be very busy with all the hikes as well as helping with chores around base. The program is based on Curieuse, a very basic base - originally a satellite camp now a fully functioning base in its own right. However, getting back to such basic life will allow you to enjoy the beautiful nature of the area you are staying in even more than you would otherwise. On this expedition you will focus on several key conservation efforts. Volunteers on this project assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs on their priority conservation programmes on Curiesue Island, including tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research and in water turtle surveys, Coco de Mer palms census, seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring, habitat management and National Park conservation and rehabilitation; together with additional training and assistance to our partner organisations. Turtle Nesting - Involves long walks up and down the beach each day looking for turtle tracks and turtles. If any are seen then the site, size, species, nest, carapace and id markings need to be recorded. In water snorkels are also done using a search pattern and data recorded. Turtle Snorkels - Must bring fins, mask, snorkel as will be conducting U-shaped and expanding square search patterns for Turtles observing and recording behaviour of any turtles seen along with gender, species, size, noticeable markings, food type etc. Coco de Mer - Endemic to the Seychelles. Volunteers record information on the male and female species. Often get to go to the Valle de Mer on Praslin and meet Chris Kaiser (a consultant and researcher on the topic) who teaches volunteers about the plants. Giant Tortoise census - A population lives on Curieuse. They are hunted and eggs taken to either eat or sell on as pets etc. Therefore population is carefully guarded especially the babies! When a giant tortoise “escapes” the local rangers take the volunteers looking for them, tracking them and counting any new nests and eggs laid. Mangrove census - Mangroves on Curieuse virtually wholly destroyed during the 2004 Tsunami. Trying to find the right way to carry out the rehabilitation as previous attempts have been unsuccessful. Learning about 6 of the 7 different mangrove species that grow in the Seychelles on Curieuse and how to identify them to record useful data. The project highlights include: living in one of the most visually stunning countries in the world, working alongside local partner staff, swimming in the Indian Ocean at the end of hard day’s work, exploring the other islands of the Seychelles, enjoying snorkelling and seeing turtles in the water, trying a fun dive, looking out for incredible ‘mega-fauna’ in the area, such as whale sharks, manta rays, and dolphins from the boat; exploring National Parks, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, and endangered giant tortoises; having an amazing and unique adventure amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. If you are looking to learn more about conservation, contribute to a meaningful project and want to spend some time in an incredible location, you do not have to look any further. If you would like to join us in the Seychelles, take a look at our "Terrestrial Expedition Volunteer Programme"online or give us a call in our office at: 0027 (0)87 751 3977.