Birdlife’s Nature Reserves saw an increase of nearly 2,000 visitors for a record number of more than 12,030 people in the past eight months.
The reserves are ecologically important areas in which biodiversity and nature are given priority, and they are primarily meant to provide shelter and rest to migratory birds.
Birdlife plans that it will continue upgrading with new information panels planned for visitors, as well within the wetland areas to create new areas for feeding and sheltering for migratory birds.
The past season was a particularly busy one for BirdLife Malta’s reserves, with visits from 4,813 students, a large number of private and public events, and the introduction of new extended opening hours.
Furthermore, this year the reserves will be reopening to the public with the existing schedule earlier than usual, at the beginning of September, instead of November.
As from the beginning of September, Għadira Nature Reserve and Simar Nature Reserve will reopen, while Foresta 2000 is open all year round and is accessible 24 hours a day. Salina Nature Reserve is open for visits on all days with visitors able to walk through part of the park freely between Monday and Sunday. In addition the visitors’ centre at the reserve will remain open in summer from 8:00am to 12:00pm Monday to Friday.
Entry to all the reserves will remain free of charge and no booking is needed to visit.