Postcards from Malta: hunters, what they can and can’t do!

The Birdlife Malta Spring and Raptor Camps take place to address wildlife crime. The field teams’ have three objectives: To record wildlife crime data and gather evidence – video, photos, audio. To deter wildlife crime. To directly protect rarities, large roosts, and generally individuals or species of conservation or special concern (some hunters target...

Postcards from Malta: ups and downs

We often get to see the sun rise and set! But who makes up the ‘we’? For obvious reasons, I’m not going to tell you how many volunteers there are or how many teams go out to monitor the migrating birds and sedentary hunters. But as I write this the following nationalities are represented...

Postcards from Malta: local birder

Maltese birders help BirdLife Malta in a number of ways but they have to be careful. @JPFIOTT explains what’s its like to be a local with a love of birds: When I started birding in 2002 I soon realized that most of the birds which flew over Malta low enough would get shot. Local...

Postcards from Malta: Hunting the [Illegal] Hunters

Already, the punishing shift patterns are beginning to take their toll. The teams are allocated districts to monitor. Often that will mean what sometimes seems like an endless journey to distant parts of the island through the Maltese traffic. The rules of the road are different than that of the UK and could easily...

Postcards From Malta: Highs and Lows

Along with common migratory Marsh Harriers, Honey Buzzards, Bee-eaters etc., the island gets its fair share of unusual or less common species. Last night, an Egyptian Vulture appeared over Malta. A species often prized and targeted by shooters, BirdLife Malta know all too well the importance of providing extra protection to any such birds...

Postcards from Malta: First Shift

For the next few weeks one of the BAWC team is reporting from Malta. As a veteran of Spring and Raptor (Autumn) Camps, I was asked to take three people who had not been here before out with me this morning on my first shift this autumn. Interestingly, they were a family who had...