Għadira Nature Reserve

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Ghadira Nature Reserve © Desirée Falzon
© Desirée Falzon


Għadira Nature Reserve was designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) under the Ramsar Convention on 30-09-1988.

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Brackish water body with several low-lying islands. A path around the area shielded off by an embankment heavily planted to form a hedgerow. A small Tamarisk grove forms part of the nature trail. A small sand dune remnant also forms part of the reserve.

Aphanius fasciatus, Ixobrychus minutus, Nycticorax nyticorax, Ardea purpurea, Aythya nyroca, Fulica atra, Tringa glareola, Himantopus Himantopus, Charadrius dubius, Actitis hypoleucos, Alcedo atthis, Luscinia svecica, Cettia cetti, Phylloscopus sibilitarix, Emberiza schoeniclus.

One reception centre, one birdwatching hide, two small photographic hides, manging warden employed full time on site, visitor assistants on part time basis for afternoon opening hours and weekends, one toilet.

Recreational with a very strong educational emphasis, daily school visits to the site, open to the public including occasional organised tours for tourists.

Ongoing habitat maintenance and improvement

Disturbance coming from a main artery main road bordering one side of the wetland, uncontrolled farming activities around the wetland and noise pollution coming from the beach bordering the wetland.

Annual management plan (work plan) prepared by BirdLife Malta and then approved by the Environmental Resource Authority (ERA) as part of the management agreement.

Għadira Nature Reserve, by BirdLife Malta
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