Closing date: Wednesday, 24th August 2022
We are seeking volunteers to join us in the countryside during our Raptor Camp 2022 monitoring operations.
The BirdLife Malta Conservation team is on the lookout for willing volunteers to assist us with our annual autumn monitoring fieldwork.
Autumn is always a great time of the year to observe bird migration in Malta, as migrating adults will be joined by juveniles, undertaking their first migration south to their wintering grounds in Africa. We can see a diverse range of species, as well as impressive numbers of birds of prey such as the Western Marsh-harrier and European Honey-buzzard. The peak of this activity usually occurs in September and October.
Many birds take advantage of Malta’s location, being an archipelago in the Mediterranean
between Sicily and the North African coast. Migration is an arduous activity, and birds use
Malta as a resting place during their journey, providing them with the chance to rest and
refuel before continuing.
Birds face many challenges along their way. Some of these challenges are natural, such as adverse weather conditions, but unfortunately others are caused by human activities. The illegal hunting of protected species is a persistent problem in Malta, and this is why Raptor Camp takes place.
Raptor Camp is a bird protection camp, and to make it successful, we need volunteers to come and join us. This work involves several hours spent in the countryside every day (covering early mornings and evenings), monitoring bird migration and hunting/trapping activity, recording any illegalities on camera, and liaising with the police where necessary to report wildlife crimes.
Bird identification skills are not a necessity but would be useful. Drivers would be particularly welcome. The days can feel long and tiring, so the ability to work well in teams and maintain a cheery outlook would also be advantageous!
Please note that BirdLife Malta cannot assist financially, and these positions are funded by volunteers. Volunteers will stay in a hotel used by BirdLife Malta.
If you wish to register your interest, or have any queries, please contact [email protected] by the 24th of August 2022.