Gozo Spider Orchid now on ERA list of protected species

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The Gozo Spider Orchid is among a list of protected species of flora and fauna which will be conserved under new regulations drawn up by the Minister for the Environment and the Environmental Resources Authority.

The Orchid is understood to have recently been discovered in addition to a number of land and sea-based flora and fauna, which will feature under the new regulations.

According to the, ‘Regulations on the Protection of Flora, Fauna and Natural Habitats’ a range of species from butterflies to sharks and orchids will be protected for scientific research.

The new law allows ERA to make an assessment of the favourability of a species’ conservation and to issue the measures to protect them. This is also said to extend to regulations for ERA to designate specific sites as protected.  ‘Under the new regulations a site may be proposed for protection on the basis of ecological, geological and natural features it offers. Additional penalties for crimes committed within protected sites have also been introduced.’

Prior authorisation from the Authority has to be given for those looking to collect and care for specific species of butterflies and orchids.