The fight to save the fragile Seychelles Magpie-robin (SMR) population on Aride has received a huge boost with the donation of £7,500 from the Noble Caledonia Trust. Funds will be used to implement an action plan that has been developed by SMR Office Licia Calabrese and approved by the ICS Science Committee.
The main objective of the plan is to identify the factors most likely to have contributed to the decline of the SMR population on Aride, and undertake both immediate and longer term actions to address these and reverse this trend. Despite Aride being identified as a suitable island for the translocation of SMR, the population is prone to higher mortality rates compared to the source population and to other islands where transfers occurred and where populations are now thriving.
There could be numerous causes of population decline and the aim of this project is to identify them and their impact on the Aride SMR population. In particular during the period 2013-2016 when the population went from 32 individuals in 5 territories to 9 individuals in 3 territories. Management measures to prevent any further loss and to increase the number of birds will also be investigated and put into place in order to bring the Aride SMR population back from the brink of extinction.
More details of the SMR story, published on Noble Caledonia's own website, can be found here:
Saving the Seychelles Magpie-robin on Aride Island
The only way the Magpie Robins population on Aride can grow in a healthy group is not only financial means or science it is having that person with the passion ,will and heart to do it without prejudices,.No matter how hard ICS try to shift blames unless they are ready to honestly face their mistakes and admit that they did go wrong they are going to repeat the same mistakes all over again.Expats coming in do not have what it takes because all they are thinking of is finding enough data to publish .I hope that this SMR headache do not tarnish their good reputation.
Since february 2016 and the population of 9 SMR on Aride, what news can you give ? What do you think you can do to change the situation, what mistakes have been done, if mistakes there are ?
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