Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Exploring Moyenne Island


I found some information on Wikipedia which I wanna share here with you, it´s more or less the same that you get told when you arrive at the island and talk to Brendon.

Moyenne Island is a small island (0.089 km²) in the St. Anne Marine National Park. Since the 1970s it's been a flora and fauna reserve. From 1915 until the 1970s, the island was abandoned until its purchase by Brendon Grimshaw, an English newspaper editor. Presently he is the only permanent resident of Moyenne and is responsible for returning the island to its former natural state.

Brendon Grimshaw purchased the island for GBP 10'000 in the 1960s and set about making the island habitable. He did this with the help of only one other man, Rene Antoine Lafortune. They operate the island as a nature reserve, charging visitors to come ashore, roam the island, dine at the "Jolly Roger" restaurant and relax on the beach. Apart from a wide variety of plant and bird life, the island is home to app. 120 land tortoises. The eldest, "Desmond", being 76 years old according to Grimshaw. He named the tortoise after his godson.

Grimshaw is happy to talk about the island's potential as a hiding place of pirate treasure. There are rumours that several pirate treasures are buried there. He has made two major digs and found some evidence of man-made hiding places, but no gold or other treasure found as yet. There are three graves on the island. Two which have been said to be those of pirates, although this cannot be confirmed, the third one's his father´s grave.

After 20 years of persistence, Brendon Grimshaw and his assistant Rene achieved their goal of making Moyenne Island a National Park in its own right, separate to that of the St. Anne marine park. Now known as the Moyenne Island National Park, it is the smallest National park in the world, harbouring one of the most species per square foot than any other part of the world.


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Arrivin at the beach of Moyenne Island


Giant tortoise

Giant tortoise

Brendon Grimshaw

Giant tortoise








Ruins of the dog´s house







Pettin one of the giant tortoises






Little chapel

Three graves

St. Anne in the background


Pettin one of the giant tortoises

Pettin one of the giant tortoises











Mahé

  Good-bye, Moyenne...


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