BBC Radio 4 Nature – Series 7 – Bird Wars on Malta

Matthew Hill takes us from the windswept Maltese countryside, to the corridors of Brussels, to investigate allegations of widespread illegal bird hunting on Malta. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01l7sff/Nature_Series_7_Bird_Wars_on_Malta/

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Several protected avian species including a marsh harrier shot by hunters in Malta.

Twice each year the skies above the Mediterranean island of Malta are filled with the spectacle of thousands of migrating birds. Kestrels, bee-eaters, honey-buzzards, turtle dove and quail, among other species fly first north, in the Spring, to the breeding grounds of Europe.

They return south in the Autumn to their wintering grounds in sub Saharan Africa. If their migration takes them over Malta, twice each year they must run the gauntlet of hunters’ guns. Many of the migrant bird species are protected, only two species are legal quarry for Maltese hunters.

Investigative journalist Matthew Hill travels to Malta to talk to the hunters about the age-long culture of hunting birds on Malta and to investigate allegations of widespread illegal hunting.

Presented by Matthew Hill Produced by Lizz Pearson.

After listening to what is taking place in Malta regarding the illegal hunting of birds, including many migrating raptors, we ask the question should the English government now be reported to the European Commission for not bringing to an end the illegal killing of birds of prey on English Red Grouse moors?  If you are of the opinion that the English government are being negligent and are not implementing wildlife legislation correctly, we ask you to contact Matthew Hill or Lizz  Pearson the programme presenters of this programme, highlighting the situation in our own country is just as bad as the situation existing in Malta.  You may also wish to contact Mr. Joseph Hennon Tel: +32 2 29 53 593 BERL 1/355 at the European Environmental Commission directly. Or you can e-mail joseph.hennon@ec.europa.eu

If you have not already done so please sign the petition against Spring Hunting in Malta to reach its target of 5,000 signatures at

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Spring_Hunting_in_Malta/?tta

Presently it stands at 4,333!

 

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Joe Perici Calascione, President of the Maltese Federation for Hunting and Conservation.

2 comments to BBC Radio 4 Nature – Series 7 – Bird Wars on Malta

  • Alister Clunas

    If you have not already done so please sign the petition against Spring Hunting in Malta to reach its target of 5,000 signatures at

    http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Spring_Hunting_in_Malta/?tta

    Presently it stands at 4,333!

    Editor’s Comment. Alister many thanks indeed for this important information. Just to let you and all your friends know we have added your request below the BBC Radio 4 article. If at any time in the future you require publicity for the terrible goings on in Malta, please send the information to Raptor Politics via the confidential Contact Us Link? We will make sure the rest of the world hears about it rest assured…

  • Signed and I’ll stick on my blog above which I have just updated!