Birdlife Malta – 8 more protected birds killed as massacre continues

Total of known birds shot down this autumn season now reaches staggering 31

While the autumn hunting continues without any indication of it being possibly suspended despite the large number of illegalities which had already been reported during the first month of the season, so does the illegal shooting of protected birds which has now reached alarming levels.

Notwithstanding the fact that raptor migration has now started to slow down with birds of prey decreasing, during the past days another eight (8) protected birds were shot down as all kinds of birds – from kestrels and herons to House Martins – continue to bear the brunt of the massacre presently taking place in Malta’s countryside.

Injured Osprey

Injured Osprey

This brings the total of known protected birds shot down this autumn season to a staggering thirty-one (31) due to uncontrolled hunting amid a complete absence of law enforcement.

Between yesterday and today, BirdLife Malta Raptor Camp volunteers witnessed the shooting of at least 4 kestrels in just over 24 hours in different parts of the island. These were preceded by separate cases in previous days involving a Grey Heron, another kestrel and two House Martins which were also deliberately shot at and killed.

Here is a chronological list of the illegal hunting episodes which took place since our last press release issued on 25 September which brings up the total of known shot protected birds from 23 to 31:

29 September: Grey Heron (Russett Griż) shot down at Imtaħleb.

  • 29 September: Kestrel (Spanjulett) shot down on the same day.
  • 4 October: Two House Martins (Ħawwiefa) killed at Binġemma Gap.
  • 6 October (morning): Common Kestrel (Spanjulett) shot down at Delimara.
  • 6 October (afternoon): Two Kestrels (Spanjulett) shot down at Imtaħleb.
  •  7 October (this morning): Kestrel (Spanjulett) shot down at Clapham Junction.

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