Bird Island is situated 60 miles (approx 30 mins flying time) from the main island of Mahé in the north of the Seychelles archipelago. Bird Island is a coral island and is perhaps best known for its rich and varied wild life - birds, turtles and fish.
During the south east trade winds - May through to September - Bird Island is colonised by millions of birds - primarily sooty terns. The bird population also consists of fairy terns, white tailed tropic birds, fodies, plovers and wimbrels. During the turn of the 19th / 20th century these birds provided a rich cash crop - fertiliser - and the island prospered.
The warm waters around Bird Island and its expanse of sandy beaches attracts both hawksbill and green turtles. The protective barrier reef to the south and east of Bird Island and the safe open beaches offer a superb opportunity for naturalists to snorkel and observe at first hand the many varieties of colourful tropical fish, dolphin and the occasional passing whale.
Since the mid 1960's Bird Island has been privately owned island and is now devoted to conservation which is almost entirely supported by limited tourism in the form of the small resort, Bird Island Lodge, which fits neatly within with the ecosystem.
Apart from the guests and staff, Bird Island has no permanent human inhabitants.