SOME FAMOUS VISITORS
MARIANNE NORTH 1883
The Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens, London is, as Wilfrid Blunt described“…a gigantic botanical postage-stamp album.” The lady responsible for these glorious works of botanical art was Marianne North. Born in 1830, in England, she travelled widely with her father. When he died she, most unusually for a lady in those days, continued her travels alone. She visited Seychelles in 1883 and explored the islands including Aride, where she painted this scene on the island, reporting just one large tree, beneath which the island staff sheltered from the burning sun.
DUCHESS OF KENT 1993
HADORAM SHIRIHAI 2014
Renowned ornithologist Hadoram Shirihai visited Aride to collect photographic material for a new book in November 2014. Hadoram has discovered or resdiscovered 6 species of petrel and recorded many new species for the Western Palaearctic. He has written a number of bird books and papers including Birds of Israel and (as co-author) Macmillan Birder's Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds. Recently, a newly described Owl species, Strix hadorami, was named after him as acknowledgement for his part in its discovery and his many ornithological achievements.