The Malta Environment and Planning Authority refers to the statement issued by Birdlife Malta, and the initiation of an independent scientific study on bird migration to coincide with the Spring migratory season in April and May.
The 2012 study is intended as a continuation of an independent bird migration study commissioned by the Authority in Spring 2011, and for this reason it is based on the same methodology. The study has been under discussion since last year, including at the Ornis Committee, where BirdLife (Malta) is a member.
The study, which will be conducted by a team of scientific experts and independent ornithologists aims to gather ornithological data that will enable a scientific assessment of the influx of two migratory birds (turtle dove and quail) in Malta during the Spring migratory period.
Birdlife Malta have been invited to participate, and the Authority would greatly welcome their contribution to the study to ensure that the best possible results can be achieved.
CARNET DE CHASSE FIGURES
The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) makes reference to a statement issued by Bird Life (Malta) today, whereby it is stating that the Authority has not yet provided it with a daily breakdown of Carnet de Chasse figures for last autumn.
MEPA notes that the daily figures have not yet been compiled and will be released on its website as soon as this information is available. In the meantime, MEPA has published the total bag for autumn 2011: between 1st September 2011 to 31st January 2011, a total of 4,302 turtle doves and 6,281 quails were caught. The report is available at: http://www.mepa.org.mt/file.aspx?f=7943 .