Station icon Grande Montagne Nature Reserve
Grande Montagne Visitor's centre
Grande Montagne Visitor's centre
Hibiscus liliforus
Hibiscus liliiflorus
Restoration work Grande Montagne
Restoration work at Grande Montagne


Since 1996, MWF has been active in the restoration of Grande Montagne Nature Reserve with endemic seedlings produced in its nursery (located at Solitudes).  Grande Montagne is considered high altitude (300-350m) and is relatively wet with deep fertile soil.  The restoration work has progressed well due to the high success rate of the seedlings planted.

Several rare plants such as Ramosmania rodriguesii, Hibiscus liliiflorus, and Eugenia rodriguesensis are being successfully conserved in this reserve.

Local groups such as Scout, Rotaract, Youth clubs, and School Students are involved in this restoration work and participate in the weeding of invasive species along with the planting of endemic seedlings.  Since June 2008, the MWF has restored a further 9 hectares within the reserve by removing invasive species and planting over 73,000 native and endemic plants.

Furthermore, this work has helped with poverty alleviation through the recruitment of labourers from nearby villages.  

The Grande Montagne Nature Reserve is under the responsibility of the Rodrigues Department who also carry out restoration work in the Reserve and manage the Visitors Centre. MWF works closely with the Forestry Department.

Ecotourism at Grande Montagne

Grande Montagne Nature Reserve is open to the public from Monday to Saturday and provides an excellent opportunity to observe the results of the conservation work carried out and visit a mature endemic Rodriguan forest.  

There is a guided tour at 9.30am where no booking is required.  Meeting place: Grande Montagne visitors centre on the main road from Mont Lubin to Pointe Cotton.  For booking a guided tour at other times of the day: tel (230) 831 4558 or (230) 5773 6625 or email 

A guided tour can be organised to adapt to the requirements of photographers.

The visit begins at the Interpretation Centre, which is located at the entrance to the reserve.  For more information on the tour please download the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve's flyer and field guide.




Best field conservation project

Restoration and reforestation of the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, Rodrigues

Today, only a few relics of forest remain on Rodrigues and, with its high levels of species endemism and many threatened plants species, the island is a conservation priority. In some cases, surviving plants have been reduced to a handful of individuals, when not a single individual, or small isolated population(s). This has also had a considerable impact on the island’s native fauna, with just three endemic vertebrate species surviving today, and these are all red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The Grande Montagne Nature Reserve of 25.5ha is one of only two protected areas on mainland Rodrigues, however it suffers from widespread degradation. Consequently, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) promoted its designation as a Nature Reserve with the aim of restoring regions of native forest on Rodrigues and creating a viable habitat for its unique flora and fauna.

The project is currently implementing a ten year restoration plan with the objectives of:

· Restoring all or most of the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve.

· Supplementing the current population of threatened Rodriguan plant species through propagation and reintroduction.

· Enhancing community involvement by recruiting from the local workforce and promoting environmental awareness.

Since 1994, around 170,000 seedlings have been planted by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and the Rodrigues Forestry Service, 100,000 of those being planted by MWF since 2008 in 14.5h.  43 species have been planted since 1994 in the reserve with MWF planting 38 species since 2008.

Restoration activities continue with the aim of creating sustainable propagation techniques, furthering community involvement and enhancing ecotourism opportunities on Rodrigues.

Chester Zoo (North of England Zoological Society) who provide financial and technical support to this project was awarded this commendation by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA), which strives to set high standards of management and ethics for all registered institutions and their programmes whether they are in-country or international. 

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