Over the Easter week-end Chris Packham and the team visited two public recreational areas on Malta where families with children were camping. Unfortunately both public areas were also occupied by scores of hunters, who had complained to the police that the campers were disturbing their hunting. The police arrived at 06:30 and demonstrated sympathy for the hunters by removing the campers.
One man who has seen more than his fair share of tension is Raymond Vella. His nature reserve has been vandalized several time by hunters, and he has been shot twice by hunters. The first time he was shot in the face and had pellets lodged in the bridge of his nose. The second time he was shot in the side of the head. His farmhouse has also been burned down.
Birdwatchers’ cars have recently been set on fire and windows broken. Last week one of the BirdLife cars arrived at the nature reserve parking area early in the morning and narrowly missed driving over a spiked board designed to puncture car tyres.
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