Spot a wader at Għadira

BirdLife Malta holding educational event on March 16
Waders at Għadira Nature Reserve. Photo: BIrdLife Malta

March marks the beginning of the wader migration season and BirdLife Malta is organising an
educational event at Għadira Nature Reserve to learn more about these enchanting birds and perhaps also spot a few of them.

Waders include a diverse cast of feathered characters, such as herons, flamingos, egrets, spoonbills, storks and ibis. Their long legs, toes, and curved bills are all masterfully adapted for life in shallow waters.

But the world of waders extends beyond these names: the delicate little stint, the ubiquitous
common and wood sandpipers, the elegant green sandpiper, the striking black-winged stilt, the vibrant redshank, the graceful avocet, the charismatic oystercatcher… all of them have been seen at the Għadira Nature Reserves. And the symbol of reserve, the little ringed plover, even calls Għadira its home!

The little ringed plover calls Għadira its home. Photo: Shutterstock.com

The event, being held on March 16, includes a birdwatching opportunity, a nature scavenger hunt for all ages, educational games and quizzes, and a creative station.

It will unfold during the nature reserve’s regular weekend opening hours, from 10am to 4pm. Participation is free, and no registration is required. A limited number of binoculars will be available for an enhanced birdwatching experience.

Follow BirdLife Malta’s Facebook page and events page for updates. For more queries, e-mail events@birdlifemalta.org.

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