BirdLife Malta celebrates its 60th anniversary!

January 25, 2022 11:03 am

BirdLife Malta turns 60 today! Malta’s oldest environmental NGO is celebrating 60 years of work, successes and achievements. It was on the 25th of January 1962 that BirdLife Malta – at the time known as the Malta Ornithological Society (MOS) – was set up.

It was on the 25th of January 1962 when BirdLife Malta was set up, at the time as the Malta Ornithological Society (MOS)

Land management has always been at the forefront of BirdLife Malta’s strategy to safeguard biodiversity. Our nature reserves offer a great opportunity to get closer to wildlife.
Attendance to public events is one of the benefits of becoming a BirdLife Malta member

This year will be a time to reflect on the past 60 years with particular appreciation to all those who dedicate time and energy for the protection of birds and their habitats, from the founders to the various volunteers along the years.

2022 will be a time to celebrate the success stories such as the early education work in schools, the setting up and running of four nature reserves, the various bird studies and the professional running of the BirdLife Malta Ringing Scheme. With a solid scientific understanding and a proactive approach to the challenges it faced, BirdLife Malta is today not just a household name but a highly credible and influential organization that has had a positive impact on birds, their habitats and our country’s well-being.

During this year BirdLife Malta will not only be celebrating the past but it will also celebrate – together with the general public – the beauty of nature and birds. The public is being urged to follow BirdLife Malta on social media or become members to participate in the various events we intend to hold during the year. 

Each year BirdLife Malta successfully rescues, rehabilitates and releases hundreds of injured wild birds

BirdLife Malta President Darryl Grima stated: “The most important part of celebrating an anniversary is also looking at how relevant we remain today and for the future. Nature, biodiversity, and the entire world are being heavily challenged by human activity and decisions, or the lack of them. Nature needs to be protected like never before. From a local point of view, illegal hunting, trapping and the loss of the natural footprint of the Maltese Islands remain the worst enemy of nature while on a global level we need to do our part in fighting climate change, plastic waste and pollution.

BirdLife Malta promises to remain the flag-bearer of nature protection and will be on the front line to push for positive changes in our country’s approach towards biodiversity”.

We are also proud to be part of the BirdLife family – a partnership of over 115 national organizations which form the world’s largest and oldest nature conservation partnership promoting global, European and Mediterranean issues. BirdLife International is this year also celebrating its 100th anniversary!

Read the Maltese version of the press release here.

Education remains one of the pillars of BirdLife Malta’s work (All photos by BirdLife Malta)