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Natura 2000 guided seabird walk, clean-up & picnic

Malta Independent Saturday, 3 May 2014, 15:25 Last update: about 6 years ago

When: 10am, Saturday 10th May

Where: L-Ahrax / Rdumtal-MadonnaNatura 2000 site

Meeting point: In front of the chapel at Rdum tal-Madonna (where there is parking space)

What: Guided walk and clean up, followed by picnic under the trees next to Ahrax campsite.

At 10am on Saturday 10th May, join BirdLife Malta for a clean-up and guided walk around one of Malta’s flagship Nature 2000 sites, L-Ahrax/Rdumtal-Madonna. The area is home to internationally important garrigue, maquis, and sand-dune habitats full of native plants and wildlife, and the nearby sea-cliffs are home to the Islands’ largest colony of Yelkouan Shearwaters, Garnija. These endangered seabirds spend their lives on the open ocean, coming to land only at night during the breeding season, and Malta is home to 10 per cent of the Mediterranean breeding population.

First we will spend some time helping to clear the site of discarded litter, which is left behind by the many campers and picnickers who visit the area. Litter is a serious problem for seabirds, especially shearwaters, on land and at sea.By removing the litter from this area we can help to reduce the problems it causes and conserve these amazing birds.

During the tour of the site, guides will help to identify the different plants, birds and other creatures, as well as talking about the importance of the area as a Natura 2000 site and why we need to minimise human impacts to make surethe wildlife that the site supports is properly protected.

Schedule

10am - 11am Cleanup of litter around the Ahrax campsite and surrounding area.

11am – 12pm Guided walk and talk around Ahrax/Rdumtal-Madonna Natura 2000 site.

12pm Picnic under the trees next to Ahrax campsite. Please bring you own food and drink, and remember to take all your litter away with you afterwards!

This activity is being organised as part of the global “Let’s Do It!” movement, which aims to inspire people from all countries around the world to come together to host large-scale clean-up actions to clean their home countries. “Let's Do It Malta” is a civic movement aimed at cleaning the Maltese Islands by motivating society to take responsibility of the environment around it. On the 10th and 11th of May, Let's Do It Malta is organising clean-up activities across the Maltese Archipelago with the help of all sectors of society. This will be happening within Let's Do It Mediterranean, a five-year campaign aimed at cleaning the Mediterranean Sea, restoring a healthy environment with the responsibility of citizens across three continents.

There is no need to book and the activity is free of charge. Simply meet in front of the chapel at Rdumtal-Madonna at 10am on the day and help us to clean-up our countryside. Any questions about the activity can be directed to [email protected].

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