News Malta

Malta’s commitment to protect marine life

Wed, 13/07/2016
Discover threatened seabirds and the LIFE projects that protect them on this tiny Mediterranean island nation.

Malta’s first marine Special Protection Areas...

Wed, 29/06/2016
Eight new locations will help protect endangered and declining seabirds in the country.

Malta misses a chance to end spring hunting of...

Mon, 13/04/2015

On Saturday 11th April, Maltese citizens lost the opportunity to put

A member of the Malta Spring Watch looks out for signs of illegal killing (David Tipling)

Spring Watch Malta looking to ensure a safe...

Mon, 03/03/2014

Although it is still early in the year, in the southern Mediterranean early signs of sp

School children petition Maltese Environment Minister to protect the environment around the clock

School children petition Maltese Environment...

Thu, 11/07/2013
During the month of May children from nine primary schools in Malta expressed their environmental concerns to the Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, in the annual “Dear Minister” event, for schools participating in BirdLife Malta and Bank of Valletta’s Dinja Waħda environmental education programme.

BirdLife Malta acts on illegal hunting

Wed, 17/04/2013
Following electoral pledges designed to woo hunters’ votes the new Maltese government has further relaxed the hunting legislation in a country sadly famed for its rampant illegal killing of birds. This worsens the situation created by the issuing of yet another derogation that allows a spring hunting season, even longer this year, in violation with the EU Birds Directive.

Exemptions to EU law cause wildlife damage in...

Wed, 19/12/2012
Despite condemnation from the European Court of Justice and repeated warnings from the European Commission, Malta seems to be determined to continue ignoring EU laws on the regulation of hunting. BirdLife Europe asks the European Commission to finally take decisive action.

Join BirdLife Malta’s Raptor Camp and make a real...

Sat, 21/07/2012

The Raptor Camp, an international camp organised by BirdLife M

Spring Watch 2012 in Malta

Wed, 11/04/2012
Spring Watch 2012, an international camp organised by BirdLife Malta every spring aimed at monitoring illegal hunting of wild birds, will take place this year between 15th and 30th April. The event coincides, as always, with the peak spring migration and consequently the highest illegal hunting and trapping activity.


Thu, 18/08/2011
In August, BirdLife Malta has sent out a new book titled "Breeding Birds of malta". The aim of this publication is to review and update the status of the breeding birds of Malta, and to present a historical overview.

White Storks hunted down

Fri, 20/05/2011
A flock of 200 White Storks in Malta were shot at from several different locations, in spite of BirdLife Malta's efforts.

Malta spring hunting out of control!

Tue, 03/05/2011
BirdLife calls for an immediate suspension of the ongoing spring hunting season in Malta.

BirdLife office inundated with shot protected...

Mon, 18/10/2010

Over the last three weeks since the end of BirdLife Malta’s Raptor Camp, the BirdLife o

Osprey ringed in Germany found shot in Malta

Wed, 06/10/2010
An Osprey ringed in Germany by NABU (BirdLife Partner) as part of a conservation project was recovered by the ALE and BirdLife Malta (BirdLife Partner) yesterday afternoon, shortly after being illegally shot in the Salina Bird Sanctuary.

Maltese hunters have spoonbills in their sights

Fri, 24/09/2010
Malta has been shamed yet again by its illegal bird hunters who have blasted a number of Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia this week.

BirdLife Malta Raptor Camp - September 2010 Video

Fri, 17/09/2010
Raphael Vassallo joins BirdLife Malta (BirdLife Partner) and the Campaign Against Bird Slaughter (CBAS) on their Raptor Watch camp in the Maltese countryside, monitoring for illegal hunting and trapping.

Malta Spring hunting is unlawful

Fri, 14/05/2010
The new derogation contravenes the requirements of the EU Birds Directive as it clearly fails to satisfy the key conditions required by EU legislation: Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur and Common Quail Coturnix coturnix are in unfavourable conservation status in Europe and as required by the Commission’s guidance on hunting, no derogation for these species should be allowed.