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    Default Join Raptor Camp Malta to fight against illegal bird hunting

    Migrating raptors face persecution from poachers’ guns… you can make a difference this autumn.

    Join Raptor Camp Malta and participate in illegal hunting surveillance and raptor migration monitoring

    What is Raptor Camp Malta about?

    Since the late 1990s BirdLife Malta has organised a camp during the annual autumn raptor migration period with the aim of curtailing illegal hunting activity and collecting data on bird migration. This is no bird watching holiday, but a serious conservation effort!

    Migration and the poaching problem

    Malta is situated on one of the main migratory flyways Europe’s birds use to reach their wintering grounds. 398 bird species have been recorded over the islands of which around 170 occur annually. In the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta serves as an important resting spot for tired raptors and other bird species – however many birds find persecution from illegal hunters and trappers instead of shelter.

    How long does the camp last?

    The camp starts on the 11th September and lasts for 2 weeks ending on the 26th September. Volunteers may come for one or two weeks depending on their availability and the flight schedule.

    What does the camp consist of?

    Illegal hunting surveillance and raptor migration monitoring are the two main elements forming the camp. These are carried out every day during the morning and afternoon. As well as monitoring raptor migration, participants will also record migration of a range of other species including herons, bee-eaters, orioles, thrushes and doves.

    When not working on the main Raptor Camp objectives, participants are free to choose from several planned activities, including other birding-related activities such as visits to local nature reserves, and other leisure activities such as cultural visits to historic sites.

    Join Malta Raptor Camp. Email or visit for more information.
    For more info about Birdlife Malta visit – or join our Facebook group

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    The Maltese government announced an afternoon ban to protect migrating raptors as they arrive.

    This is a BirdLife Malta suggestion which
    1) makes it easier to identify illegal shooters in the afternoon, when protected migratory birds arrive tired from their day's flight,
    2) allows the police and conservationists to identify large roosts during closed hours then ensure they are watched over in the morning to prevent illegal killing.

    Malta's hunting federation, the FKNK, this weekend criticized this ban calling it unnecessary. This comes after just last spring the FKNK said it would accept the afternoon ban... but only if spring hunting (illegal under EU legislation) was allowed.

    They are very hypocritically now saying that the ban is not needed, then go on to say that the raptors can be shot at night or in the morning anyways!
    What they should be doing is ensuring their members are respecting the law, and running name and shame campaigns of poachers, but instead all they do is ask for less legal control.

    Read more about this here:

    Make a difference this autumn - help BLM stop the illegal killing and join Raptor Camp.

    Read more about Raptor Camp here:

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    Illegal hunters from Malta are now exporting their crimes to other countries! A report from April 2010 this year mentions Maltese hunters caught by Egyptian rangers with Lappet-faced Vultures and other birds close to one of Egypt’s richest areas for wildlife. On top of that the Natural History Museum has received 193 protected birds during 2009 and 2010, confiscated by the Maltese authorities from hunters who had been hunting in North Africa.

    Read more about it here:

    Or here:

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    Default Media update - Mon 9 Aug 2010

    Media update
    Monday, 9 August 2010

    This Honey-buzzard was found floating in the sea off the Freeport yesterday. The bird was in a terrible condition, with two badly broken legs and a missing tail. It was taken to the veterinary for examination and unfortunately had to be euthanized. The wild bird was most probably kept in captivity for several months which led to its terrible condition.
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    Default Migrating Birds as Prey

    Every autumn many migrating birds crossing the Mediterranean Sea en route to Africa seek shelter on the Maltese islands, a small archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean. Their journey often ends there.

    Read all about it at:

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