BirdLife Malta – Spring Watch
11th – 30th April 2010

Spring is almost upon us, and once again birds returning to breed in Europe passing over Malta will risk persecution from illegal hunters and trappers.

BirdLife Malta will this year be running the first ever 3 week long Spring Watch Camp. The camp will monitor bird migration, maintain a strong presence in the countryside to deter the illegal killing and trapping of wild birds, and report illegalities to the police.

The European Court of Justice this year ruled that Malta breached the Birds Directive by opening a spring hunting season from 2004 to 2007. However the Maltese government, succumbing to pressure from the hunting lobby, has declared that it is considering derogating on the Birds Directive to continue allowing spring hunting.
If the government opens a spring hunting season, this year’s Spring Watch camp will be vital in documenting and revealing the extent and impact of hunting in spring.

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