They accused the environmental lobby of hidden agenda and political motives.
The three main seabirds under study are the Yelkouan Shearwater, the Scopoli's Shearwater, and the Mediterranean Storm Petrel. The NGO is also studying the effect of light from vessels on any other bird species.
Both birds were originally retrieved by hunters
Continued research has permitted the satellite-tagging of three Turtledoves by BirdLife Malta this spring. The effort replicates and adds on the journeys of Francesco, an Italian Turtle-dove originally satellite-tagged in April 2017 from Comino’s bird sanctuary who continues transmitting to date.
The other shot birds include two Marsh Harriers, a Little Egret and an Italian-ringed Yellow-legged Gull which hatched in Sicily last year.
In a joint statement, the NGOs noted that while the public was being encouraged to remain home due to the coronavirus outbreak in Malta, the government would allow "thousands" of hunters to be in the countryside and hunt birds.
Last year was the second worst year where illegal hunting was concerned since 2013, BirdLife Malta said.
More than dozens of reports from the public were filed with CABS over the last weeks. People complained about the loud bird callers used for illegal hunting and trapping. The Committee's team mapped 35 locations were such bird callers were being used.
53 birds carcasses have been seized by the Administrative Law Enforcement Unit (ALE). The majority, seized from a shop in Mosta, are...
BirdLife Malta is calling on the public to look out for any stranded seabirds that may have become disorientated when fledging for...
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