Kaċċaturi San Ubertu (KSU) condemned all forms of environmental vandalism especially those concerning protected birds and in areas under the voluntary care of hunters.
KSU said in a statement that during last weekend two sites were subject to vandalism. Parts of Aħrax tal-Mellieħa were set on fire.
It also mentioned how on Saturday in a Natura 2000 site managed by Kaccaturi San Ubertu, some of its members noted vandals uprooting and chopping protected trees to use for a Barbeque. Apart from this being a protected site where barbeques are illegal, this was happening right under the site signage prohibiting barbeques.
Kaċċaturi San Ubertu said it will be providing video evidence to assist ERA in taking legal action.
What happened on Saturday is not the first instance where years of voluntary work has been ruined, said KSU and has therefore asked the government and the authorities to recognize the true guardians of such sites and by means of management agreements to ensure more patrolling, enforcement and surveillance.
Since Kaċċaturi San Ubertu has been officially managing this protected site, since January 2019, 1500 trees and bushes were planted, regular voluntary clean-ups are carried out and a rat eradication programme is also part of KSU’s involvement in this site which is open to the public.