Appreciating, protecting and understanding local breeding bird species in Malta

About the project

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Due to Malta’s size and human density, breeding birds occur in a moderate number. About 18 wild species of birds are regularly breeding in Malta, including 11 sedentary year-round residents such as the Blue Rock Thrush, Cetti’s Warbler, and Spanish Sparrow. During the summer months, different regular breeders appear as residents including Tree Sparrow, Spotted Flycatcher, Little Ringed Plover, Black-winged Stilt, Common Swift and Pallid Swift. Another 27 species irregularly or occasionally nest in different parts on the Maltese islands throughout the year.

With this project, we are aiming to provide better breeding conditions for these bird species to increase breeding numbers, and researching effectively these breeding bird species by recording breeding efforts in line with European standards.

Raising awareness amongst the public about these species through the implementation of various public engagement and citizen-science activities is our major objective. Breeding efforts in Malta are particularly tricky in urban areas. The project shall help these birds become better-established, appreciated and acknowledged amongst residents in and visitors to Malta.

The project is funded under the Conservation of Wild Birds Funding Scheme.

Project objective

1. Raising awareness about Malta’s breeding birds

– General information on breeding birds in Malta

– Fact sheets/short information sections of bird species: Black-winged Stilt, Spotted Fly-catcher, Tree sparrow, Common Swift, Barn Swallow, Collared Dove, Kestrel

 2. Improving breeding habitats: nest-boxes

– Guidelines on how to build nest boxes of the above species

– Locations of our nest boxes

– Monitoring guidelines

– How to get involved (individual, public authority, school)

3. Scientifically record breeding biology

– Explaining ringing methodology

– Access to breeding bird app