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Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
Seven days on malta
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Seven days on malta
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Seven days on malta

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In September I was privileged to be able to go out to Birdlife Malta’s Raptorcamp to support their monitoring of illegal hunting. From my perspective the trip was possible thanks in part to funding …

In September I was privileged to be able to go out to Birdlife Malta’s Raptorcamp to support their monitoring of illegal hunting. From my perspective the trip was possible thanks in part to funding from the League Against Cruel Sports and the support of my wife, Heather.
This is in part a personal account, with many thanks to all the people I met and went out monitoring with.

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  • 1. Seven Days on Malta
    Lawriephipps
    Part funded by the:
  • 2. European Flyways
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  • 6. Birds from 48 countries (36 in Europe, 12 in Africa) have been recorded migrating over Malta
  • 7. Dead and injured Birds
    About the Data:
    Figures refer only to
    A. Birds presented to Birdlife Malta, and
    B. Photographic evidence from known and credible sources
  • 8. Dead and injured Birds
    In 2008 143 birds were recorded in flight with clearly visible gunshot wounds
  • 9. Honey Buzzard
    06:10, Thursday, 23rd September 2010
    Nr Gebel Cantar
  • 10. Small Wader
    06:20, Friday, 24th September 2010
    MisrahGharil-Kbir
  • 11. Harriers
    09:00, Saturday, 25th September 2010
    Juvenile Marsh Harrier
    Juvenile Montague's Harrier
  • 12. Mizieb Bird Sanctuary
    2009
    Accidental discovery of a ‘bird cemetery’
    Over 200 illegally shot birds found
  • 13. Mizieb Bird Sanctuary
    2010
    80 birds found in a much shorter time and a small area
    Police turn up and stop the search following an alleged assault
  • 14. Mizieb Bird Sanctuary
  • 15. Mizieb Bird Sanctuary
  • 16. FederazzjoniKaaturiNassabaKonservazzjonisti(Federation for Hunting and Conservation)
    Represents
    16000 Hunters
    4000 Trappers
    12000 Shooters
    Is a member of:
    Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU (FACE)
    UK Members of FACE include:
    Countryside Alliance
    British Association for Shooting and Conservation
  • 17. Hunting, including trapping (or the catching of wild birds by means of traditional clap-nets for the purpose of keeping the any caught birds alive in captivity), is allowed on about 160 Sq. Km.
    Registered Shooters: 12,000
    Registered Trappers: 4,000
    Using the FKNK Figures
    Half of Malta is huntable and is
    Occupied by around 75 shooters per SqKM
    25 Trappers per SqKM
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  • 20. Some FKNK statements
    The spoonbill
    “One specimen was recorded locally in March 2008. According to BirdLife (Malta), a bird of this species occurs on Malta once every few years.
    The spoonbill is highly migratory and its European population counts over 10,000 individuals. The bird occurring here is called a “straggler” in ornithological terms, which means a bird that has strayed from the main group. This normally means that such a bird is genetically flawed, and its elimination is usually considered beneficial to the species as a whole.”
  • 21. Some FKNK statements
    On raptors, Birds of Prey
    Following the depletion of populations of birds of prey in the 1970s through the indiscriminate use of pesticides, the European populations of these birds have now reached epidemic proportions through over-protection, and this is creating a huge backlash against them from all the game bird and pigeon-breeders of Europe. For every bird that passes over Malta, at least 10,000 migrate through other places. It is about time that the anti-hunting fanatics realize this fact and stop trying to depict Malta as the black spot of Europe in this regard.

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