Conservationists on the Mediterranean holiday island of Malta are calling for better law enforcement to stop the illegal hunting of birds.
Last September, BirdLife Malta discovered the buried remains of more than 200 protected birds in woodland that’s heavily used by hunters.
Because of its location on the Europe-Africa migration route, Malta has nearly 400 recorded bird species, but it also has a high density of hunters. The remains found included western marsh-harriers, European honey-buzzards and black-crowned night herons.
Birdlife Malta is starting an international campaign to demand proper enforcement of the European Union Birds Directive, which it claims has been largely ignored since Malta joined the EU in 2004.
by Andy Moreton