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.
2022 is a year for anniversary celebrations at BirdLife, one of those being for BirdLife Malta, who celebrated their 60th anniversary in January. From battling illegal hunting and monitoring migratory bird species to managing four vital nature reserves and engaging communities across the country to support conservation, the organisation has played a crucial role in protecting Malta’s wildlife.
Growing up in Malta, Nicholas Barbara was exposed to bird hunting from an early age. This motivated him to pursue a career in bird conservation, and he is now Head of Conservation at BirdLife Malta. Here, he gives an insight into what this challenging role involves and advice for aspiring conservationists.