The Malta Independent 18 July 2024, Thursday
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First turtle nest of 2024 at Golden Bay

Saturday, 15 June 2024, 08:22 Last update: about 2 months ago

The first turtle nesting site of this season has been spotted during a routine morning patrol by Nature Trust Malta (NTM-FEE) volunteers. The loggerhead turtle nesting site was found at Ir-Ramla tal-Mixquqa (Golden Bay), the Environment and Resources Authority said Saturday.

ERA officers are currently coordinating with Nature Trust Malta (NTM-FEE) to cordon off the area an ensure that the nest is protected.

ERA will continue supporting NTM and the relevant stakeholders in order to ensure the protection of the nest. An Emergency Conservation Order will be also issued. 

The general public is encouraged to act responsibly as excessive noise, trampling and light close to the nesting area may pose a threat to turtle eggs and any hatchlings, ERA said.

ERA would like to thank the public for their support and co-operation during such events, and encourage the public to immediately report of any observations of turtle activity to ERA on over the phone (2292 3500) or through its customer care system, or directly to NTM (2131 3150).          

Volunteers will also be required by NTM during the nesting period so as to help with monitoring and other tasks related to this turtle nest. Those who wish to volunteer, are kindly  asked to send an email on [email protected] for more information.

NTM are sponsored by ERA to conduct animal rescues and rehabilitation around the Maltese islands.

 

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