Live from our nature reserves for #onthemove!

April 1, 2021 12:59 pm

Dates: Tuesday, 6 April (Simar) & Saturday, 10 April 2021 (Għadira)
Time: 08:30-09:30
Location: Facebook Live

Sardinian Warbler nest at Simar (Photo by Charles Coleiro)

Are you looking for a safe way to connect with nature during the Easter holidays? Then why not join us for our Facebook Live broadcasts from the nature reserves? We’re organising not one, but two, live sessions!

On Tuesday 6 April our reserves manager will be taking us through the typical morning of our dedicated reserve staff at Simar Nature Reserve. Spring is in the air and given we are currently forced to keep our nature reserves closed due to the pandemic, we are inviting you to get a live sneak peak of what is going on at the moment. This Facebook Live will include a walk along the nature trail where we will stop to check on some Sardinian Warbler nests.

As part of the research carried out we monitor the nests of this common, yet intriguing, bird to gauge the success rate and study the young. We will also be showing you another interesting study on the moths of Simar and we might also get a glimpse of some bird ringing if the weather permits. An exciting nature event not to be missed! This event will also highlight this year’s BirdLife International Spring Alive campaign, whose topic is How should we protect bird nests?

Saturday, 10 April will see us visit another nature reserve, Għadira Nature Reserve, but this time focusing on a morning of bird ringing with a member of our licensed ringing team. This scientific study can tell us a lot about a bird’s life. It is a conservation tool which enables us to monitor the movement of birds, giving us an insight into aspects of birds’ lives such as survival rate, productivity and migration patterns.

Above all ringing is vital to ensure the effective conservation of birds. So why not join us for an engaging Facebook Live from the comfort of your own home to learn more about bird ringing, how it is carried out, why it is important and what data we collect from this important work? You will also be able to put your questions live to the licensed bird ringer who will be leading the session. And you never know…you might also see a rare bird being ringed on the day!

Both of these events are being organised as part of our ongoing #onthemove campaign. Following the success of the autumn migration campaign last year, this year’s spring campaign is running from March 15th to May 15th to explore spring bird migration which is being explained on BirdLife Malta’s social media platforms. During this period we’re sharing interesting facts and information on migratory birds and birdwatching hotspots, as well as activities and events to get involved during this unique time of the year. You can find out more about this campaign and how you can get involved here.

We look forward to meeting you online!

The Facebook Live sessions will be dependent on the weather conditions on the day, and the number of birds caught. Please follow our FB event for the latest updates. We will not be taking bookings for these online events, which are free for all participants. However, marking yourself as GOING on the FB event will help us get an indication of the audience we should expect!