EuroBirdwatch23 at Għadira Nature Reserve

September 11, 2023 2:19 pm

Date: Saturday, 30 September 2023
Time: 07:00-09:00 (bird ringing, with booking), 10:00-16:00 (open day)
Location: Għadira Nature Reserve

EuroBirdwatch is back for 2023 and we invite you to be part of it!

On Saturday, 30 September, BirdLife Malta will host two live bird ringing sessions at Għadira Nature Reserve. This is an incredible chance to learn more about bird ringing techniques and the importance of this research tool, which provides global data for the study of migration, distribution, and many other aspects of bird ecology.

Bird ringing in the Maltese Islands is carried out by the BirdLife Malta Ringing Scheme. We have been practising this research technique since 1965.

We will have an early start with two bird ringing sessions before the reserve opens to the general public. Participants will be split into two groups, with a maximum number of 20 people per session. To attend you need to book the slot you prefer. Sessions are free of charge, bookings will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick the session you prefer to attend below and fill the registration form for every person in your group.

After the bird ringing sessions, there will be an open day at Għadira Nature Reserve, which will be open to the general public between 10:00 and 16:00. During the day, visitors can attend tours around the nature reserve, watch birds and take part in various educational activities. No need for booking, participation is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

EuroBirdwatch23 in Malta will continue the following day, on Sunday 1st October, at Buskett where we will be hosting a birdwatching session for migratory birds. For details about the second day of the EuroBirdwatch23 weekend, click here.

This annual initiative is organised every year by BirdLife Malta as part of this Europe-wide initiative held by all BirdLife partner organisations during the same weekend in several countries across Europe and Central Asia. Hundreds of local birdwatchers will identify and count passing birds during the great autumn migration when millions of birds make their epic journey southwards to wintering areas in the Mediterranean and Africa. Malta will contribute too by reporting its numbers.