On Monday 10th August, a turtle was reported nesting at Għadira Bay in Mellieħa, adjacent to the third reported nest. Officers from the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) and Nature Trust Malta (NTM‐FEE) who were on site confirmed the sighting and the new nest, which was then cordoned off to protect the eggs.
ERA will continue working in close collaboration with Nature Trust Malta (NTM‐FEE); the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP); and other public and private entities, as applicable. To this end, the provisions currently listed in the present Emergency Conservation Order (ECO) will be extended to safeguard both nests.
Excessive noise, trampling and light close to the nesting area may pose a threat to turtle eggs and any hatchlings.
This is the fourth reliably confirmed loggerhead turtle nest this year. Malta is currently hosting three nests, while 85 eggs hatched between the 2nd and 4th of August from the first nest at Ramla l-Ħamra in Gozo.
ERA would like to thank the public for support and co-operation. Any observations of turtle activity or environmental illegality should be immediately reported to ERA on 9921 0404 or email@example.com.