The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has ‘bouldered off’ Triq Daħlet ix-Xmajjar in Mellieħa, by restricting vehicle access beyond the main asphalted road. By placing boulders across the access, ERA is seeking to protect the areas of natural importance by stopping unauthorized vehicular access.
Following a Stop and Compliance Order issued by the Authority last month to curb these illegal activities, ERA placed a number of boulders close to Aħrax Point. This action was taken to further protect the natural habitats of the area and allow for their restoration through natural regeneration.
Perit Michelle Piccinino, Director of Environment and Resources stated that “this action will reduce factors causing degradation of the area. It is one of the steps towards the rehabilitation and restoration of the area; to enable habitat restoration and the public’s enjoyment of the area. This action is part of the multiple activities ERA is carrying out to promote a better quality of life in Malta.”
The site where the action took place falls within a Natura 2000 site: L-Inħawi tar-Ramla tat-Torri u tal-Irdum tal-Madonna, designated as a protected area under the Environment Protection Act.