On the occasion of the celebration of the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, held at the British High Commission in Seychelles, a new book has been launched to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the protection of Aride Island as a Special Reserve. With contributions in images and text from more than 40 people, the book was compiled and edited by Tim Sands and Adrian Skerrett.
Aride Island is home to more seabirds of more species than the other 40 granitic islands of Seychelles combined, including the world's largest populations of Tropical Shearwater and Lesser Noddy. There are five endemic landbirds breeding on the island, none of which survived on Aride 40 years ago.
The book traces the history of the island, particularly that of the period since conservation work began, with information on the flora and fauna scattered throughout the text.