Maltese falcon makes a comeback

The return of the peregrine falcon to Malta, known to some as the “Maltese falcon”, has excited hopes that the iconic bird is making a comeback. At least one breeding pair was caught on film last week by a German-based NGO, Campaign Against Bird Slaughter (CABS), and according to local experts there may now be […]

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POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

POLL: Should spring hunting on Malta be stopped?

Fiona Burrows is the kind of activist that hunters in Malta love to hate. The Nottingham 30-year-old has been threatened, cursed at, and pushed around while doing the job she says she lives for: stealthily filming the illegal hunting of protected migratory birds and reporting perpetrators to the police. Burrows takes precautions – she always […]

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Malta approves public referendum of bird hunt that kills over 15,000

Malta approves public referendum of bird hunt that kills over 15,000

Malta’s Constitutional Court has upheld a public referendum to decide the fate of the country’s controversial spring bird hunt, which kills over ten thousand migrating birds every year. The Constitutional Court threw out objections by Malta’s powerful hunting lobby, and instead sided with the 11 conservation groups who organized the referendum, known as the Coalition […]

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Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 6)

Chris Packham has been arrested by the Malta Police and has been in custody for more than 4 hours. Tonight’s episode has been postponed pending his release. Watch this space for the final episode in the series “Massacre on Migration”.   If you haven’t already voted, then we invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST […]

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Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 5)

Today’s episode begins with a loud, violent confrontation between local hunters and the BirdLife Malta camera team. The hunters clearly do not like the spotlight on their hunting activities, and the police are quick to remove Chris Packham and the team from the area. CASH, the Campaign Against Spring Hunting, has generated more than 44,000 […]

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Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 4)

Chris Packham and the BirdLife Malta Team were busy yesterday delivering illegally shot birds from all over Malta to a veterinary practice for examination and treatment. The videoclip covers a non-migrating Kestrel, a locally-breeding Shearwater and a migrating Montagu’s Harrier. The Harrier had bird shot lodged in the wing and body and with little chance […]

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Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 3)

Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 3)

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 […]

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Malta – Massacre on Migration (Episode 1)

Every spring countless birds fly over Malta on their migration between Africa and Europe. Every spring 10,000 Maltese hunters are waiting to shoot them down. You can help make a difference by supporting BirdLife Malta’s campaign to stop spring hunting. We invite you to vote FOR or AGAINST a complete ban on the spring hunting of […]

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