A short interview recorded in the UK by Charlie Moores with Andy Davis, a raptor ID specialist and volunteer at the Raptor Camp in both 2010 and 2012. Now back home Andy talks about his experiences in Malta, why he supports the Camp, and what he thinks the Camps have achieved over the years.
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- “BirdLife Malta strives to conserve wild birds and their habitats. The organisation monitors activity that threatens wild birds, such as illegal hunting and trapping and urban development in conservation areas on the Maltese islands.
This year BirdLife Malta celebrates the 50th anniversary of its campaigning, research and conservation work. Founded in January 1962 as MOS (Malta Ornithological Society), it is the oldest environmental organisation in Malta. BirdLife was instrumental in the creation of the Ghadira and Is-Simar nature reserves.
Since the late 1990s, BirdLife Malta has organised a camp during the annual autumn raptor migration period. Being located on the central Mediterranean flyway, Malta is an excellent stop-over for many European bird of prey species on their way South to Africa.
Migration of raptors normally reaches a peak during the last two weeks of September, with many birds falling victim to illegal hunting during this period when a hunting season is open.
Over the years, the camp has become an excellent tool for protecting European birds of prey as they migrate over Malta and seek shelter for the night. With the participation of both local and international volunteers, the camp aims to deter illegal hunting activity and collect data on bird migration. This is no bird watching holiday, but a serious conservation effort!”