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:

  1. To record wildlife crime data and gather evidence – video, photos, audio.
  2. To deter wildlife crime.
  3. To directly protect rarities, large roosts, and generally individuals or species of conservation or special concern (some hunters target ‘special’ birds).

Whilst doing these three things you (the monitor) have to remember the rules of hunting, you have to be able to Recognise a crime, so you can Record a crime and Ultimately Report a crime.

First of all the hunting season, for this current year, runs from 1st September 2019 to 31st January 2020, during that time the following apply:

  • 40 bird species from land and 12 species at sea may be hunted. All other species are protected by national and international law.
  • It is illegal to hunt or possess a firearm or trapping equipment in a Bird Sanctuary.
  • It is illegal to carry a firearm between two hours before sunrise and 19:00 hours or two hours after sunset dependent on time of year.
  • It is illegal to use electronic callers.
  • It is illegal to hunt at sea before 1st of October and within 3km of the shoreline.
  • It is illegal to have a shotgun capable of firing more than three shots in succession.
  • It is illegal to hunt within 50m of a main road.
  • It is illegal to hunt within 50m of a beach.
  • It is illegal to hunt within 200m of a residential area >100 people.
  • It is illegal to hunt under the legal age of 18.
  • On Sundays and public holidays, hunting is not allowed after 13:00 until 2 hours before sunrise the following day.

BirdLife Malta always need more volunteers for Camps. Being there makes a difference. If you’d like to know more go to https://birdlifemalta.org/get-involved/volunteer/

If you’d like to help but can’t volunteer visit https://birdlifemalta.org/donate/

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little about my time on Malta this autumn. See you next Spring?

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Don’t even get me started on littering!