Established in 1962, BirdLife Malta is the oldest environmental organisation in Malta, committed to the protection of wild birds and their habitats.
BirdLife Malta manages four nature reserves in Malta, runs a series of environmental education programmes and manages several EU LIFE-funded research projects. We continuously work to limit illegal hunting across the Maltese Islands and enhance protection for our environment, which thanks to our efforts has seen the first eight marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for Malta.
“Thank you BirdLife Malta, for helping us with our bird!” – a thank you note from Limoni Armatys and her mother, Simone, who sought assistance from BirdLife Malta about a Blue Rock-thrush (Malta’s national bird) which was regularly visiting their private residence to feed her young after breeding there.
Today, BirdLife International released the European Red List of Birds 2021. The Red List reviews the regional extinction risk of 544 bird species in over 50 countries and territories in Europe and follows the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria applied at regional level. Each species extinction risk is evaluated from ‘Least Concern’ to ‘Extinct’.
We are at a critical juncture in our history and that of our planet: the joint climate and biodiversity crises now threaten the survival of humanity. Just this summer, several European countries were hit by deadly wildfires and unprecedented floods, killing hundreds of people, causing billions in damages, and leading to serious economic, social and health consequences. While this was a consequence of climate change, it was also a repercussion of the collapse of biodiversity.
We are one month on from the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, with another 119 months to drive the transformational changes to address the climate and ecological emergency – an emergency that had been brought into sharp focus by the heatwaves and fires raging in British Columbia and Siberia.