Walk with the Yelkouans

March 16, 2019 8:53 am

Date:            Saturday, 23 March 2019
Time:           17:00-20:00
Location:    Majjistral Nature & History Park

Did you know that Malta is literally surrounded by breeding seabirds? You would immediately think about gulls, but the seabirds we are referring to are generally far from sight; spending their time at open sea and only visiting the land at night.

The Yelkouan Shearwater (Garnija in Maltese) is one of them! This species can only be seen in the Mediterranean Basin and 10% of its global population breeds in the Maltese Islands. We are lucky to have one of the major colonies of the Yelkouan Shearwater on the coast of Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park.

Yelkouan Shearwater in its burrow. (Photo by O. Slessor)

During this event organised by our LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project in collaboration with Majjistral Nature & History Park, we will visit this colony to experience the eerie calls of incoming birds. Before the walk, we will also have a talk about the LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project to learn how the project team is using technology to protect this species. Have a look at the schedule below:

17:00 Meet at Majjistral Nature & History Park Visitors Centre
17:00-17:40 Opening talk and discussion about the project and the species (40 min)
17:40-18:00 Leave Visitors Centre for Popeye Village (carpooling, 20 min)
18:00-18:15 Leave Popeye Village car park and walk to the cliffs (15 min)
18:15-20:00 Listening calls and discussing shearwaters

Join us to discover the secretive life of this species and to see what you can do to help them sustain their populations around the Maltese Islands!

To book please contact [email protected] providing a contact number. Places are very limited, so we advise to contact us as soon as possible. Bookings will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please bring your head torches with red lights, if possible. Good walking shoes for the rough terrain, together with warm and layered clothing might be suitable as it may get cold in the evening.


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