Watch: Another 4 illegally shot birds retrieved by BirdLife

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BirdLife Malta has retrieved another four illegally shot protected birds. The organisation has already retrieved the first turtle-dove. Turtle-dove migration has just started with more expected to arrive in the coming days. The peak migration of the turtle-dove is expected during the last week of April.

The other shot birds include two Marsh Harriers, a Little Egret and an Italian-ringed Yellow-legged Gull which hatched in Sicily last year.

The government’s vet certified that all birds were shot.

BirdLife Malta noted that since the beginning of the hunting season the number of known illegally hunted birds now stood at ten.

Since 1 January to date, there has been an increase in the trend of shot protected birds. According to statistics released by BirdLife Malta so far 32 birds were found. When compared to the previous year, 24 birds illegally shot birds were found while in 2018, 19 illegally shot birds were found.

Video: BirdLife Malta