BirdLife Malta is on the lookout for volunteers to assist with our annual Spring Watch operations and join the campaign to abolish spring hunting in April. Malta is the only EU country that still has a hunting season at this time of the year. Birds are injured or killed during their journey to their breeding grounds in northern Europe, thus depriving them of the chance to boost population numbers.
It is anticipated that there will be two species that will be legal to shoot: the Common Quail and European Turtle-dove. However, every spring many other protected species fall victim to illegal killing.
Malta serves as a critical resting place for migratory birds, and our aim is to ensure that
birds manage to continue their journeys safely.
This voluntary position is fieldwork-based and will involve long days in the countryside. We will be looking for evidence of wildlife crime and report such incidents to the police for further investigation.
If you possess good bird ID and/or observational skills, and are comfortable with long days in the field, then this could be the opportunity for you! Volunteers who are confident and willing drivers would be particularly welcome.
For more information regarding this work, or you’re interested to join this year’s Spring Watch camp, please email us at [email protected] by the 27th of March 2024.