Simar Nature Reserve

- Malta -

Photo: © BirdLife Malta

Simar Nature Reserve 3, Photo by BirdLife Malta-2
© BirdLife Malta


Simar Nature Reserve was designated as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site) under the Ramsar Convention on 29-01-1996.

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Brackish water body with several islands supporting small and sporadic reed bed pockets. A path around the area shielded off by an embankment heavily planted to form a hedgerow. A small olive grove borders the site.

Aphanius fasciatus, Ixobrychus minutus, Nycticorax nyticorax, Ardea purpurea, Aythya nyroca, Fulica atra, Tringa glareola, Actitis hypoleucos, Alcedo atthis, Luscinia svecica, Cettia cetti, Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Phylloscopus sibilitarix, Ficedula albicollis, Emberiza schoeniclus.

One reception centre, one birdwatching hide, one bird ringing station, one small room to be utilised as a laboratory, 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 two sides of the wetland and buildings (5 storeys) being constructed a few meters away from 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.

Simar-Nature-Reserve, Photo by BirdLife Malta
© BirdLife Malta