One of the oldest environmental organisations on the island and avid advocates of nature and habitat protection, BirdLife is committed to curbing illegal hunting, bringing the damaging effects on Malta’s wildlife to a stop and ensuring that a natural legacy is left for the generations to come.
Illegal hunting and trapping remain at the top of our agenda, however, our efforts are also focused on other issues. We have been ardently campaigning to bring an end to robin trapping and to increase the number of nature reserves, as well as to establish stronger legislation for the protection of birds both locally and across Europe. BirdfLife provides an injured bird service, whereby we respond to any reports by the general public, while our concern for these fragile animals has pushed us to lay down plans for the set up of a rehabilitation centre.
In addition, we manage four nature reserves, namely Simar, Ghadira, Foresta 2000 and Salina Nature Reserve which has helped towards establishing a safer home for wildlife, while we run a series of education programmes. Bringing nature and children together, these provide direct, physical, sensory and intellectual avenues for children to develop a close connection with our environment. Our scientific work includes monitoring populations, particularly the breeding patterns of Maltese seabirds. Yet, our efforts go beyond our shores, since we also work towards the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of natural resources on a global scale.
Membership is open to both young and old, while it can also be tailor-made based on location. For instance, with a children’s membership, our little subscribers join the Klabb Huttaf and will receive a magazine every two months filled with entertaining stories, fun facts and activities. Likewise, adult members receive their own magazine, as well as discounted prices on merchandise and priority booking to our many events. A fun-filled role, being a volunteer with BirdLife will see you playing games and doing crafts with kids, helping on a stall at a fair, selling merchandise and participating in our events.
Founded in 1962, BirdLife Malta is a partner organisation of BirdLife International and forms part of a wide network of 120 NGOs worldwide, while we’re involved in several other joint projects some of which are EU-funded. Visit our website to learn more about our work, to become a member or to make a donation.