Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024
Location: Salina Nature Reserve
Our popular Sip, Savour and Soak in Nature series returns for 2024!
The fourth session in the series will be held on Thursday 15th February at Salina Nature Reserve. We will start at 7pm, finishing at around 9pm. During this evening we will learn more about the status of the different snake populations found in the Maltese Islands, with Ellie and Nick Dobbs sharing with us years of studies on these species.
In this next get-together, we will have one presentation that will be as usual followed by some time for the participants to socialise on the Salina terrace over drinks.
About your speakers
Maltese wildlife is a generational passion that has been part of the Dobbs family DNA since the early 1970’s. As a boy, the once rural fields of Qawra were Nick’s wildlife “Nirvana” and a cornerstone for a lifelong interest in the natural world. A licensed UK herpetologist, Nick’s detailed and meticulous field studies with European Adder (Vipera berus) have provided invaluable data for post-graduate dissertations at both Kent and Bournemouth Universities.
In 2021, Ellie achieved a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Wildlife Conservation at Kent University, including a year in professional practice for Nature Trust-FEE Malta helping rehabilitate Loggerhead Turtles. In 2022 and the focus of the evening’s talk, Ellie’s pioneering dissertation on the distribution of the four snake species of the Maltese Islands was a major component in attaining her Master’s in Conservation Biology with Distinction. Ellie is currently doing a Master’s in Education with a view to teaching conservation internationally.
Along this journey, Nick and Ellie – father and daughter – have made so many new friends amongst the Maltese Islands’ naturalist community.
Following both presentations, light refreshments and drinks will be served on the terrace, where people can enjoy the rest of the evening and the peaceful ambience of Salina.
This will be the fourth get-together in the series following the successful events we held last year. Attendance for these events is free and open to all, with no need of registration, although a small donation is welcome. We also ask that you mark yourself as GOING on our Facebook event so that we get an indication of how many participants we should expect!
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