Events
Guided Snorkelling at Majjistral Park August 2019

Guided Snorkelling at Majjistral Park August 2019

17 August 2019

9:00 AM till 12:00 PM

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Coastal Clean Up at Majjistral Park

Coastal Clean Up at Majjistral Park

10 August 2019

4:00 AM till 7:00 AM

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Guided Snorkelling at Majjistral Park July 2019

Guided Snorkelling at Majjistral Park July 2019

20 July 2019

9:00 AM

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'Why do we need to build a wormery and how' by Peter Gatt.

'Why do we need to build a wormery and how' by Peter Gatt.

17 March 2019

10:00 AM till 12:00 PM

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Reconstructing the cultural landscape of the Il-Majjistral and its neighbourhood prior to AD 1530

Reconstructing the cultural landscape of the Il-Majjistral and its neighbourhood prior to AD 1530

15 March 2019

6:30 PM till 8:00 PM

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Walk in the Park $Majjistral

Walk in the Park

10 March 2019

9:00 AM

Majjistral

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Walk in the Park

On the 3rd February, there will be a 6KM guided walk around the park, where we will be enjoying the nature that the park offers. The walk will start at 9:30AMand will finish around 12:30PM (approx 3 hours). We will be meeting up at the Visitor Centre. The fee is €5 for adults and €3 for children/students. Please note that sturdy shoes are required. If interested please send us an email on walks@majjistral.org.

Festa Natura

Festa Natura

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December, the park will be open to the general public and converted into an adventure park with a variety of outdoor activities and educational seminars geared aiming to garner further public appreciation of what our land has to offer and how to safeguard it. A number of events will be held during the weekend. For more information go to - www.festanatura.org

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Our next event will be about under water life, talking about turtles, sharks and skates. We will be having representatives from Nature Trust Malta and Sharklab-Malta, two organisations who worked a lot for the conservation of marine life.

Nature Trust will be sharing information about their efforts in curing and rehabilitating of turtles, whilst Sharklab-Malta will be talking about their studies on sharks and rays in Malta and rescuing and eventually hatching of mermaid purses from dead sharks and rays.

Refreshments will be available during the event.
The event is free, but donation are welcomed.

Date - 2nd November 2018
Time - 19:00
Location - Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitor Centre

Booking is essential. If interested please send an email to walks@majjistral.org.  

Sustainable Gardening Course

Sustainable Gardening Course

For the third time, the park is organising a course on sustainable gardening. Again, the course will be conducted by Peter Gatt and will be spread on 10 Saturdays and will be divided into 5 sub-courses of 2 sessions each (2 hours per session). Participants will have the option of either attending the whole course or any sub-course which might interest them more.

All sessions will be held at Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre and will start at 10:00. The fee to attend each sub-course is € 20 per sub-course but the fee for those who book to attend the whole course is only € 80 (€ 20 euro discount). Those interested to attend the course, be it part of it or the whole course, need to send an email to walks@majjistral.org to book.

Below are details of the dates and topics to be covered for each sub-course.

SUB-COURSE 1: 6th and 13th October 2018

- Plant Nutrients
- Chemical fertilizers / insecticides / fungicides and their effects
- The Alternative
- Soil types

SUB-COURSE 2: 20th and 27th October 2018

- Soil biodiversity
- Soil organisms and their effect on plants and soil
- Soil eco-system
- The EU Thematic strategy for soil protection
- Compost & compost tea

SUB-OURSE 3: 3rd and 10th November 2018

- Wormery – how to build it.
- Benefits of vermicompost
- Worm tea; how to make it; how to use it; benefits.
- Humus
- Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)
- Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizal fungi. 
- Glomalin

SUB-COURSE 4: 17th and 24th November 2018

- Crop rotation
- Green Manure
- No-Dig gardening
- Mulch
- Companion planting

SUB-COURSE 5: 1st and 8th December 2018

- Water-wise gardening; watering systems.
- Drought tolerant plants; more use of Maltese indigenous plants.
- Natural pest control
- Organic fertilizers
- Hugelkultur
- Biochar.

Birdwatching for Beginners

Birdwatching for Beginners

Birdwatching for Beginners

For anyone who would like to start doing a spot of birdwatching, winter is an excellent time.  

Richard Cachia Zammit, Il-Majjistral Park guide and event organiser, will be doing a presentation about how to identify 10 of the most common species of wintering birds to be found in our islands.  

This will be followed by a walk in the park to try and spot some of them. This knowledge will add to ramblers, hikers and even those who just love to walk leisurely in our countryside at this time of the year, something extra to enjoy apart from the countryside itself.

The event will be held first on Saturday 16th December 2017 and repeated the day after i.e. Sunday 17th December 2017.

The larger the group, the less chance of seeing birds at close range so for each session, the number of participants will be limited to 10. Children have to be 12 and over.

Place: Il-Majjistral Visitor Centre
Time: 09:30 - 12:30


For booking send an email to walks@majjistral.org stating for which day you are booking.

Photo: Male Black Redstart taken by Aron Tanti

Wildlife Photography Course conducted by Guido Bonett

Wildlife Photography Course conducted by Guido Bonett

Wildlife Photography Course conducted by Guido Bonett

3 session course about Wildlife Photography conducted by well known local Wildlife photographer Guido Bonett.

This course is aimed at people who already have some idea of photography.

First session will be dedicated to wildlife photography using telephotos. Second session will be about macro photography and the third will be a practical session which will be held in the park.

Dates: 11th, 25th November and 2nd December (Saturdays)
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 (including coffee break).
Place: Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre

Participation limited. Booking only accepted by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org

The Weather and Autumn Flowers - Talk & Walk

The Weather and Autumn Flowers - Talk & Walk

The Weather and Autumn Flowers - Talk & Walk

The subject for our next talk is The Weather. We will be lucky to have with us professional meteorologist, Mr Saviour Porter who will be explaining to us some of the most common aspects of this natural occurence that controls so much our lives.

Weather permitting (pun intended) we will go for a walk in the park to look out for autumn flowers which thanks to the rain we had up to now, have blossomed in good numbers.

Date: Sunday 22nd October 2017
Place: Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre
Time: 09:30

Booking accepted only by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org

3 SESSION COURSE ON THE PROPAGATION OF MALTESE TREES

3 SESSION COURSE ON THE PROPAGATION OF MALTESE TREES

3 SESSION COURSE ON THE PROPAGATION OF MALTESE TREES

A 3 session course conducted by Alfred E. Balacchino spread on 3 Saturdays from 7th to 21st October.  The first 2 sessions will include lectures which will be held at Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre whilst the last session will be a visit to Buskett, which is one of the best places to see mature specimens of our indigenous trees.  To make it easier for our Gozitan friends who would like to attend this course, the session will start at 10:00.

Places are limited.

Book by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org

SURVIVAL - Talk & Walk

SURVIVAL - Talk & Walk

SURVIVAL - Talk & Walk

SURVIVAL - Sunday 17th September 2017.

 
Join Il-Majjistral Park for our first Talk & Walk activity scheduled for this autumn / winter season. An interesting presentation by well known environmentalist / blogger Alfred E. Baldacchino who will explain how wildlife in our islands survive extreme temperatures.  The talk will be followed by a walk in the park.

All details regarding this activity are given in the poster.  Places limited, so it is important that those who are interested to attend book by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org

Guided Snorkelling with Sharklab Malta at Golden Sands.

Guided Snorkelling with Sharklab Malta at Golden Sands.

Guided Snorkelling with Sharklab Malta at Golden Sands.

Summer is now with us and during the hot months of July and August, Il-Majjistral Park offers an alternative experience of the park off the beach of Golden Bay and within the Marine Protected Area of Rdum Majjiesa.

The park teams up with Sharklab-Malta to organise guided snorkelling trips for groups (age 9+).  At the moment we do not cater for individual requests unless there is an ongoing planned activity. The fees include the rental of equipment where necessary and an activity fee which will help fundraise projects at Il-Majjistral Park and for marine research and awareness activities conducted by Sharklab-Malta.

In August, Guided Snorkelling events will be held on the following dates:

Friday 11th August 2017
Saturday 26th August 2017

Snorkeling Activity duration: 2.5hrs (including coastal talk, briefing on shore) from 09:30 to noon.

Age: 9 years and over (must be good swimmers)

Booking and info on walks@majjistral.org When booking kindly indicate your preferred date as well as if you need equipment and  if yes, the fin size.

Please note that there will be a representative from Sharklab who will keep an eye on the participants' belongings on the beach during the activity.

Natura 2000 Day - Half day seminar - Sunday 21st May 2017

Natura 2000 Day - Half day seminar - Sunday 21st May 2017

Natura 2000 Day - Half day seminar - Sunday 21st May 2017

On Sunday 21st May 2017, we will be celebrating Natura 2000 Day together with BirdLife Malta, ERA and the National Museum of Natural History Malta. Special events will be held both at Il-Majjistral Visitor Centre as well as at Ghadira and Simar Nature Reserve.

It was on the 21st of May 1992 that two successful European measures were approved for the preservation of our unique natural heritage, the LIFE Programme and The Habitats Directive. The Habitats Directive created Natura 2000 Day – the heart of EU nature policy – a network of protected areas which also includes the sites designated under the Birds Directive (approved in 1979). This makes up 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory..., consisting of more than 27,000 sites across Europe, and more than 30 in Malta!

Despite its long history of supporting our precious enviornment and its ecological, social and economic importance, the Natura 2000 and LIFE Projects are only known by a small number of citizens so we want to raise awareness and celebrate all of this amazing work!

Amongst the events to celebrate the day, there will be a morning seminar mainly about the Natura 2000 sites managed by the different organisations involved at Il-Majjistral Visitor Centre. The presentations for the morning will be as follows:

10:00 Introduction by Mr Saviour Vella, Chairperson of The Heritage Parks Federation.

10:10 Overview of the Natura 2000 Network in Malta presented by
Mr Christopher Cousin from ERA.

10:35 Għadira, Simar and Is-Salina Nature Reserve presented by Mr Raymond Vella from BirdLife Malta.

11:00 Il-Majjistral Park presented by Mr Darren Saliba.

11:25 Coffee Break.

11:45 LIFE Arċipelagu Garnija project, by Mr Martin Austad from BirdLife Malta.

12:10 Għar Dalam, by Mr John Joseph Borg from the National Museum of Natural History.

There will be also info stands of ERA and BirdLife Malta.

Attendance is free but booking is required by sending an email to events@birdlifemalta.org

Apart from that, BirdLife Malta will also be opening the following reserves for the general public as follows, organising special activities to celebrate the event:

10:00 – 16:00
Għadira Nature Reserve and Is-Simar Nature Reserve
25 years of EU supporting Nature – by BirdLife Malta experts
Environmental education for kids – by BirdLife Malta
Environment & Resources Authority Info Stand – at Għadira.

All events are free but donations are more than welcomed.
 

Sustainable Gardening Course

Sustainable Gardening Course

Many have the perception that just because it is organic than it has to be good. Things are not exactly like that.  For example, there are organic pesticides which are indiscriminate in their effect, killing both harmful and beneficial insects.  Like everything else, to be beneficial, gardening has to be sustainable and that is what this course is all about.

The lecturer for this course will be Peter Gatt.  Peter is now retired after a career of more than 40 years in banking.  But his love for animals and nature in general was always evident in his various hobbies.

For 28 years he bred and showed 'Il-Kelb tal Fenek', a local breed of dog.  He exported this breed to the USA, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Morocco, UAE and China.  He promoted the breed abroad and fought for the Maltese name of Kelb tal-Fenek to be used for this breed instead of the fancy name of Pharaoh hound by which some breeders referred to.  In 1990, Peter started a joint web site to promote the breed and was the official judge for the breed in Holland, Sweden and in the USA.  
 
He was interested in gardening since a very young age, and was always helping his grandfather in his garden. He took the hobby seriously for the past 20 - 25 years.  Peter attended various MCAST and University courses and even wrote a book on sustainable gardening (not yet published).  He is such a believer in sustainability that in the last 5 years he also started to keep bees which obviously is very beneficial both for his garden as well as for the environment in general.

Course details:

Subject: Sustainable Organic Gardening

Duration:  12 sessions of 2 hours each totalling 24 hours.

Dates: Every Saturday starting from 1st April 2017 to 17th June 2017.

Time: 09:30

Place: Il-Majjistral Visitor Centre

This is a very comprehensive course and the subject matter to be discussed during this course will be as follows:

·         Plant Nutrients

·         Chemical fertilizers / insecticides / fungicides and their effects

·         Soil types            

·         Soil biodiversity

·         Soil organisms and their effect on plants and soil

·         Soil eco-system

·         The EU Thematic strategy for soil protection

·         Compost & compost tea

·         Wormery – how to build it.

·         Benefits of vermicompost

·         Worm tea; how to make it; how to use it; benefits.

·         Humus

·         Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC)

·         Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizal fungi.

·         Glomalin

·         Crop rotation

·         Green Manure

·         No-Dig gardening

·         Mulch

·         Companion planting

·         Water-wise gardening; watering systems.

·         Drought tolerant plants; more use of Maltese indigenous plants.

·         Natural pest control (IPM)

·         Organic fertilizers

For booking send an email to walks@majjistral.org.

Places limited and booking on a first come first served basis.  

Closing date for booking Sunday 26th March 2017.

 

Endemic, Indigenous and Alien - Talk & Walk

Endemic, Indigenous and Alien - Talk & Walk

What is the difference between indigenous and endemic? Why are some alien species referred to as invasive? Learn the answer to these questions plus much more during the presentation by well known environmentalist and blogger Alfred E Baldacchino on the subject of 'Endemic, Indigenous and Alien'.  

The presentation will be followed by a walk to identify some of the species mentioned during the presentation.

Booking accepted only by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org

Photo: Chris Cachia Zammit

Life Arcipelagu Garnija - studying the secret lives of the shearwaters.

Life Arcipelagu Garnija - studying the secret lives of the shearwaters.

An insight on the scientific study being carried out on one of our most elusive breeding birds.

One of the birds which breed in our islands is the Yelkouan Shearwater (in Maltese Garnija).  Shearwaters are pelagic birds spending practically all their lives out at sea except during the breeding season, when to avoid predation, they visit their breeding colonies at night.

Life Arcipelagu Garnija is an EU Life project being carried out by BirdLife Malta with an aim to further protect this species.  The breeding population of this species in our islands makes up 10% of the whole global population and when one considers that this bird is listed as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List, one can get a good idea of how important this project is.

We are lucky at Il-Majjistral Park to have these birds breeding along the coastline covered by the park.  During this event, we first have a presentation about this project by BirdLife Malta.  After that, we will move from the Visitor Centre to Il-Prajjiet  (Anchor Bay), the Northern most part of the park.  There, we will have a short walk to view a different part of the park which many rarely visit.  Once along the cliffs, we will enjoy the sunset and wait until dark for the shearwaters to start visiting their nests.  Hopefully we will be able to hear their eerie haunting calls.

Date: Sunday 12th February 2017
Time: 15:30
Meeting place: Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre

This event will end once the moon rises as shearwaters are more likely to enter their colonies during the darkest hours of the night and the moon will start appearing at around 19:00.

To move from the Visitor Centre to Il-Prajjiet we will pool cars.

For booking, send an email to walks@majjistral.org
 

Participants are to take care of their own safety and that of any accompanying children and the park cannot be held responsible for any injuries or loss of property. Children are to stay alongside parents at all times of the walk.

Photo:Ben Metzger

Archaeological Walk - Sunday 29th January 2017

Archaeological Walk - Sunday 29th January 2017

Join us for this walk from Mgarr to Manikata accompanied by our archaeologist friend Dr Keith Buhagiar.

We will start our walk from Mgarr centre and go down the valley and walk along the beautiful coast and countryside of Gnejna, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay all the way to Il-Majjistral Park and ending at ir-Razzett tal-Qasam in Manikata where we will be met by an assortment of local delicacies prepared by the Koperattiva Rurali Manikata.

Along the route we will encounter watch towers build by the Knights of St John as well as the remains of 2 medieval hamlets and garden plus a water gallery also of that era.

This is not a circular route so there will be a coach waiting for us at Manikata to take us back to Mgarr.  The walk is relatively easy as inclines are few and more often than not we will be descending, however the paths we will be following are rough so sensible footwear needs to be worn.

Date: Sunday 29th January 2017
Meeting Place: Mgarr Centre in front of the Church
Time: 09:00

The price includes the local delicacies plus transport back to Mgarr.

The Koperattiva Rurali Manikata will be preparing for us the following:

Maltese bread garnished with a selection of homemade products such as pickled onions, sundried tomatoes, capers and olives.
Galett with peppered cheeslets and bigilla
Fresh Fruit
Galett with jam
Glass of wine and water.

All products are grown in the area and there will also be a section for anyone who would like to buy such products.

Participation for this event is limited to 20 persons only.  

Booking for this event has to be made by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org stating for how many people you are booking.

Participants are to take care of their own safety and that of any accompanying children and the park cannot be held responsible for any injuries or loss of property.  Children are to stay alongside parents at all times of the walk.

Photo: Noel Camilleri

Discover our Wintering Birds - Talk and Walk

Discover our Wintering Birds - Talk and Walk


DISCOVER OUR WINTERING BIRDS - presentation by John Joseph Borg, Senior Curator at the National Museum of Natural History, followed by a walk in the park.

For about 6 months, our islands host various species of birds which spend the winter in the Mediterranean region. Which one of these birds you are most likely to see on your roof top? Which one every evening invades Valletta to roost? And which is our winter violin?

Join us for this event and learn about these species of birds, many of which can be easily seen even in urban areas. The presentation will be followed by a walk in the park with the aim of trying to spot some of the birds mentioned during the presentation so a pair of binoculars are recommen...ded.

Date: Sunday 15th January 2017
Place: Il-Majjistral Park Info Centre
Time: 09:00 till 12:30 (including presentation plus walk)

Places limited and booking accepted only by sending an email to walks@majjistral.org stating the number of participants.

Photo: White Wagtail (Zakak Abjad) taken by Aron Tanti
 

All the buzz about bees - Talk on bees

All the buzz about bees - Talk on bees

Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years. However we’ve all heard that bees are disappearing. But what is making bee colonies so vulnerable?

This is not a simple problem because bees pollinate a third of the world's crops.
During this informal talk we look at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

Event to be held on 26th November at Majjistral Park Visitor Centre, from 4-6 pm

Marine biodiversity in Golden Bay

Marine biodiversity in Golden Bay

A multimedia presentation about the biodiversity of the Golden Bay area, bordering Majjistral Nature and History Park.

The talk will be accompanied with free refreshment provided by The Radisson Golden Sands Resort and Spa.

Entrance: Free

Date: 24 October 2016

Time 6 pm - 8 pm.

Picture by Mark Anthony Falzon

Summer Solstice June 2016

Summer Solstice June 2016

Tuesday 21st June - SUMMER SOLSTICE SUNSET WALK at Majjistral Park

No fees - no booking
Walks start @ 6.30pm (allow till 9pm for end of walk)
Meeting Place: near Golden Bay bus stop (close to apple's eye restaurant)

Join volunteer nature walks Guide Annalise Falzon for the customary annual sunset walk along the cliffs and amidst the wild thyme of Rdum Majjiesa on occasion of the summer solstice.

Wear comfortable shoes for rugged terrain and suitable clothing. Get some water and a small torch.

NB
Entrance to the park is free. Visitors to the park are to take care of their own safety and that of any accompanying children and the park cannot be held responsible for any injuries or loss of property.
Note the park terrain is not suitable for pushchairs. Children are to stay alongside parents at all times of the walk.

SNORKELING ACTIVITY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Snorkeling Activity and marine awareness event with Shark Lab Malta on the 19 September 2016, 0900 am to 1200 pm at Golden Bay.

Nature photography Workshop

Nature photography Workshop

Local renowned wildlife photographer Guido Bonnett will be conducting a photographic workshop at the park.

Date : Saturday 13th February  
Time : 9:00 till 11:30


To book please send an email to walks@majjistral.org 

Ranger for a day!

Ranger for a day!

Join us for a day of volunteering at Majjistral Park. Experience what's like to be a ranger in the park. 

Date : 24th January 
Time : 9:00 - 12:00 
Age: 5+

Meeting at the Visitor Centre, where we first watch the introduction video about the park and then move to site where we start working. Work will involve either clean up and/or closing of paths. 

Activity is subject to number of people. 

Booking please send am email to walks@majjistral.org

Reptiles of the park

Reptiles of the park


Malta Herpetological Society will be conducting a talk and a short walk about Maltese reptiles that can be found in the park.
 
Location: Majjistral Park Visitor Centre
Booking : send an email on walks@majjistral.org​
Date: 06/12/2015 
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
 

A walk in the park....

A walk in the park....

As part of the MEET project, we are conducting a public walk showing changes that are done in the park.
 
Location: Majjistral Park Visitor Centre
Free of charge
Date: 15/11/2015 
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
 

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Johan Siggeson - Birdlife Malta Activity

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Johan Siggeson - Birdlife Malta Activity

Multi-award winning wildlife photographer, Johan Siggeson, joins us for a nature photography workshop. The session will begin with a briefing on the basics of wildlife photography, after which we will venture into the park for a practical session. Johan will offer one-to-one guidance along the way. Please note, you must bring along your own camera.

Location: Majjistral Park Visitor Centre
Date: 18/10/2015
Time: 10:00–14:00

Places for this workshop are very limited. Please book in the first instance to avoid disappointment.

Bookings: events@birdlifemalta.org. Include a contact number when booking.
 

Photographing Africa

Photographing Africa

Wildlife photographer Matthew Scerri will be sharing his experience and photos from his latest trips in Africa.

€5 (Money raised will be given as a donation to anti-poaching efforts in Africa)
Location : Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort Spa
Time : 19:00
Booking: send an email to walks@majjistral.org
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Bio
Matthew Scerri is an amateur photographer from Malta. He got into photography in 2007 at first focusing on different photographic subjects.

Due to his interest in wildlife from an early age, he set off on his first trip to Africa in 2014. This only served to increase his fascination with what the continent has to offer and aims to bring this out through his images....

The big cats are what he likes to spend most time with, with the Cheetah being his outright favourite.



 

Guided Nature Walk

Guided Nature Walk

Photography....
BirdWatching....
Walking....

Join us for a guided nature walk at Majjistral Park with the park's guide.

Meeting place : Majjistral Park
Date : 26/09/2015
Time : 3:30-5:30 PM

Macro Photography Workshop

Macro Photography Workshop


Wildlife Photographer Johan Siggesson takes us on a photographic journey in an illustrated lecture about Macro Photography at the Park's Visitor Centre. Join us for an insight into how he views the natural world through the lens and enjoy some lovely photography together with practical tips on how to take better photos.
 
 Booking : Email walks@majjistral.org (Limited number)
 
Meeting place : Majjistral Park
Date : 20/09/2015
Time : 3:30-5:30 PM
 

There and Back

There and Back

It's the time of year where birds start there long migration to Africa from Europe. Join us for a talk and special guided walk focusing on migratory birds with wildlife enthusiast and Majjistral Park guide Chris Cachia Zammit .

Date : 13 Septemberat 15:30–19:00


Booking: Email walks@majjistral.org

Landscape Photography with Gilbert Vancell

Landscape Photography with Gilbert Vancell

For our next course, we'll be talking about 'Landscape Photography'. The course is held by landscape photographer, Gilbert Vancell.

Gilbert Vancell is a self-taught fine art photographer from Malta, specialising in landscape astrophotography. His educational background is in visual communication, mainly graphic design and illustration. Since 2011, Gilbert started dedicating more time to photography, focusing on his two collections ‘Landscapes of Malta’ and ‘StarScapes of Malta’.

In 2009 Gilbert started hiking around Malta and was amazed by the pristine coastline and valleys that he was discovering in his own country. Combining his passion for the outdoors with photography, Gilbert wants to create awareness and respect for our natural heritage by sharing its magic through his vision. He also supports Maltese environmental NGOs through the sales of fine art prints of his photographic collections.

Meeting point for all sessions will be at Il-Majjistral Park Visitor Centre. The fee to attend the course is €60. Those interested to attend the course need to send an email to walks@majjistral.org to book. The maximum number of people is 12. The course requires you to have basic knowledge about photography.

Between session 3 and 4, the participant will be given time to experiment and then, in session 4, the participant is given the chance to show his/her work and discuss the photo.

Below are details of the course.

The course is divided into FOUR sessions - 

Session 1 - 12th January 2019 - 10:00am till 12:00pm - 
Introduction session, we will meet up at the Visitor Centre, where we discuss what equipment needed? Which setting is used? etc

Session 2 - 19th January 2019 - 03:30pm till 06:30pm - 
This session will be an outdoor session.  NOTE- Sturdy shoes required for walking. 

Session 3 - 26th January 2019 - 10:00am till 01:00pm - 
In this session, Gilbert will be taking us step by step on how to post-process landscape photos. 

Session 4 - Date to be confirmed - 10:00am till 12:00pm - 
In this session, the participants will show their work, and a discussion will be held, improve once style and learn from each other. 

Coffee and tea will be provided during the indoor sessions

Snorkling trips

Snorkling trips

Next snorkeling activities coordinated with Sharklab (Malta) will be on 20th August and 29th August.  (Limited numbers)

Meeting place : Golden Sands

Time: 9:00 till 12:00

To enjoy the view of the marine flora and fauna, don’t hesitate to book on walks@majjistral.org. Please indicate if you need equipment and the fin size.

EU Life+ Migrate Project Public Talk

EU Life+ Migrate Project Public Talk

Through the EU Life+ Migrate Project, the local team will hold a public speech about species of cetaceans (dolphins, whales & porpoises ) and marine turtles that are present in the Mediterranean Sea.

The project aims to obtain more information about the population and conservation status of these species in waters around the Maltese Islands and to map potential sites of importance, if found present and propose them for designation as Natura 2000 sites.

Date : 22nd August 
Time : 19:00
Loacation : Din l-art Helwa, Valletta

If you are interested please send an email to walks@majjistral.org

Of meteors, astronomy and organic farming ...

Of meteors, astronomy and organic farming ...

Photo by: Joseph Caruana

Date: Thursday 13th August 
Time: 7.15pm Opposite Manikata Church
End time - 10.30pm (or later)
Walk: Just 1km to the farm on slightly uneven terrain.
To bring: A torch (ideally with red filter) , insect repellant, wear sturdy shoes 
Price: Adults: Eur 15, Children Eur 6

Family price: 2 adults and 2 children: Eur 38


Booking: on walks@majjistral.org indicating the number of persons and if any children are included and send your contact number.

Our annual Perseids event is coming up on Thursday 13th August and once again Majjistral Ecofarm within the park will be our hosts. Organic Farmer Joseph Sciberras will give us a brief tour of the farm and at sunset time we will sit down for a vegetarian meal prepared by his son, Chef Isaac.

As it gets darker we will lie down in the fields and focus on the night sky with our special guest all the way from Germany (and Gozo) - astrophysicist Joseph Caruana - who will be showing us the highlights of the summer sky.
 
Astronomy enthusiast Ramon Casha will be joining us on the night with a telescope to enable participants to have a closer glimpse of the night sky. We will be able to stay as long as we wish in the fields so you can bring something warm and comfortable and just lie down and gaze up! (the best of the meteors are always later into the night).
 

PS: You will be receiving confirmation of your booking by email and will then be contacted by Park Volunteer Annalise  who will be leading this event and will be sending details to all participants two days before the event. 


Bionote

Joseph Caruana is an astrophysicist residing in Berlin, whose main research interests revolve around the very early universe, particularly the first galaxies that formed in the cosmos. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in extragalactic astrophysics at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam, Germany. Outside academia, he is an avid photographer and scuba diver.

Website: http://www.josephcaruana.net/  

 

Menu for the evening

Melanzana di parmegiana - Vegetable lasagna
Tomato salad
Couscous salad 
Pasta salad with pesto 
Rice salad
Potato salad 
Bruschetta
Vegetable frittata
Organic wine
Water

 

Guided Nature Walk

Guided Nature Walk

13 December 2013

2:00 PM till 5:00 PM

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Treasure Hunt in the park

Treasure Hunt in the park

08 December 2013

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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January-February Events

January-February Events

12 January 2014

10:00 AM

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March-May 2014 Activities

March-May 2014 Activities

09 March 2014

12:00 AM till 17 May 2014, 12:00 AM

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Open Day at the Park - Inauguration of the Park's Visitors' Centre

Open Day at the Park - Inauguration of the Park's Visitors' Centre

13 April 2014

11:00 AM till 05 April 2014, 4:00 PM

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Build an APP for Majjistral Park - COMPETITION

Build an APP for Majjistral Park - COMPETITION

13 April 2014

12:00 AM till 20 June 2014, 12:00 AM

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Public Lecture - ‘The Mediterranean’s Underwater Forests’ by Dr Joseph A Borg

Public Lecture - ‘The Mediterranean’s Underwater Forests’ by Dr Joseph A Borg

15 October 2013

6:30 PM till 8:00 PM

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First autumn walk

First autumn walk

20 October 2013

3:00 PM till 6:00 PM

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Nature Photography at the Park - for juniors aged 11-13

Nature Photography at the Park - for juniors aged 11-13

02 November 2013

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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'An overview of the underwater assets of local Marine Protected Areas

'An overview of the underwater assets of local Marine Protected Areas

19 November 2013

6:30 PM till 8:00 PM

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Sunset walk 29th August @ 6pm

Sunset walk 29th August @ 6pm

29 August 2014

6:00 PM till 8:45 PM

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Cleanup @ the park

Cleanup @ the park

18 August 2014

5:00 PM till 23 August 2014, 8:00 PM

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Cleanup @ the park

18 August 2014

5:00 PM till 23 August 2014, 8:00 PM

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Coast to Coast - birdwatching and sunset walking

Coast to Coast - birdwatching and sunset walking

13 September 2014

4:45 PM till 8:15 PM

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"In Search of the Shearwater"

20 September 2014

7:00 PM till 9:00 PM

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"Dragonflies of Malta"

28 September 2014

4:45 PM till 7:30 PM

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An evening with shearwaters at Majjistral Park - for youths

An evening with shearwaters at Majjistral Park - for youths

23 May 2014

6:45 PM till 10:00 PM

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Guided snorkelling at Golden Bay

Guided snorkelling at Golden Bay

31 August 2013

9:00 AM

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Snorkeling activity

Snorkeling activity

Majjistral Park together with Sharklab (Malta) are organizing guided snorkeling sessions this summer. Join us to learn more about the sea. The only requirement is to be able to swim!

Fee : €8 (€4 with own equipment)
Time : 9:00 AM
Dates : 29th July and 1st August 
Place : Golden Sands

Book on walks@majjistral.org

RURAL AND NATURE WALK AT IL-MAJJISTRAL NATURE AND HISTORY PARK

RURAL AND NATURE WALK AT IL-MAJJISTRAL NATURE AND HISTORY PARK

06 June 2015

5:30 PM till 10:00 PM

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The park at dusk

13 September 2013

6:15 PM

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Guided Snorkelling Tours for July 2018

Guided Snorkelling Tours for July 2018

Summer is now with us and during the hot months of July and August, Il-Majjistral Park offers an alternative experience of the park off the beach of Golden Bay and within the Marine Protected Area of Rdum Majjiesa.

The park teams up with Sharklab-Malta to organise guided snorkelling trips for groups (age 9+). The fees include the rental of equipment where necessary and an activity fee which will help fundraise projects at Il-Majjistral Park and for marine research and awareness activities conducted by Sharklab-Malta.

In July, Guided Snorkelling events will be held on the following dates:

Friday 13th July 2018
Saturday 28th July 2018

Snorkeling Activity duration: 2.5hrs (including coastal talk, briefing on shore) from 09:30 to noon.

Age: 9 years and over (must be good swimmers)


Fee:

Snorkelling for kids/students = Eur 10 (with own equipment: Euro 6)

Snorkelling for adults = Eur 12 (with own equipment: Euro 10)

Booking and info on walks@majjistral.org. When booking kindly indicate your preferred date as well as if you need equipment and if yes, the fin size.

Photo courtesy of Shark-lab Malta

Marine Turtles - i.c.w the Nature Trust Wildlife Rescue Team

Marine Turtles - i.c.w the Nature Trust Wildlife Rescue Team

16 July 2013

12:00 AM

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Geology of Majjistral Park

Geology of Majjistral Park

19 May 2013

5:30 PM

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Kids on the Coast

Kids on the Coast

22 July 2013

12:00 AM

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Of Meteors and more - FULLY BOOKED

Of Meteors and more - FULLY BOOKED

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Kids on the coast (for schools)

Kids on the coast (for schools)

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Move for Health - SUNSET WALK TUESDAY 14TH MAY

Move for Health - SUNSET WALK TUESDAY 14TH MAY

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Move for Health - TREASURE HUNT SUNDAY 12TH MAY

Move for Health - TREASURE HUNT SUNDAY 12TH MAY

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Coastal Life

Coastal Life

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Summer Solstice Sunset Walk

Summer Solstice Sunset Walk

21 June 2013

6:30 PM

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COAST TO COAST 1st June- i.c.w BirdLife Malta

COAST TO COAST 1st June- i.c.w BirdLife Malta

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Life in Freshwater Rockpools - Tuesday 5th February 6pm

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Flora and Fauna Of Majjistral Park - Saturday 2nd March 10am

Flora and Fauna Of Majjistral Park - Saturday 2nd March 10am

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Birdwatching at Majjistral Park Saturday 23rd March 10am

Birdwatching at Majjistral Park Saturday 23rd March 10am

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COSTA RICA WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY  BY GUIDO BONETT

COSTA RICA WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BY GUIDO BONETT

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Nature Photography activity for Kids- 28th March 10.30am till 1.30pm

Nature Photography activity for Kids- 28th March 10.30am till 1.30pm

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Autumn at Majjistral Park - Guided Walk (by booking)

Autumn at Majjistral Park - Guided Walk (by booking)

10 November 2013

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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Reptiles and more @ Majjistral Park

Reptiles and more @ Majjistral Park

15 June 2014

8:45 AM till 11:30 AM

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Summer Solstice and more @ Majjistral Park

Summer Solstice and more @ Majjistral Park

21 June 2014

6:30 PM till 10:30 PM

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Guided Snorkelling trips at Majjistral Park

Guided Snorkelling trips at Majjistral Park

05 July 2014

9:00 AM till 16 August 2014, 12:00 PM

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Nocturnal Life at the Park 19th July @ 7pm

Nocturnal Life at the Park 19th July @ 7pm

19 July 2014

7:00 PM till 9:30 PM

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Sunset walk and food in the fields $Mellieha

Sunset walk and food in the fields

01 August 2014

7:00 PM till 11:00 PM

Mellieha

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Nature Photography at the Park

Nature Photography at the Park

19 October 2014

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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Launch of the Majjistral Mobile App

Launch of the Majjistral Mobile App

25 October 2014

12:00 PM

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

07 November 2014

6:30 PM till 8:00 PM

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Wintering and Resident Birds of the Park

Wintering and Resident Birds of the Park

15 November 2014

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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Underwater landscapes

Underwater landscapes

13 December 2014

2:30 PM till 6:00 PM

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Majjistral Park Photographic Treasure Hunt

Majjistral Park Photographic Treasure Hunt

21 December 2014

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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UPCOMING GUIDED WALKS 2015

UPCOMING GUIDED WALKS 2015

11 January 2015

10:00 AM till 28 February 2015, 5:00 PM

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Events February-March 2015

Events February-March 2015

22 February 2015

10:00 AM till 19 March 2015, 9:00 PM

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Tahdita l-Imgarr

Tahdita l-Imgarr

22 February 2015

10:30 AM till 12:00 PM

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Great Journeys - Migrating Birds

Great Journeys - Migrating Birds

04 April 2015

10:00 AM till 1:00 PM

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Launch of the Photographic Exhibition

Launch of the Photographic Exhibition

25 April 2015

11:00 AM till 05 June 2015, 12:00 AM

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Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography

25 April 2015

12:00 AM till 12:00 AM

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Summer Solstice Sunset Walk

Summer Solstice Sunset Walk

21 June 2015

6:30 PM

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Majjistral Park 10th Year Anniversary - "I Love Majjistral "

Majjistral Park 10th Year Anniversary -

Majjistral Park 10th Year Anniversary - "I Love Majjistral "

Date: Sunday 26th November 2017

Place: Il-Majjistral Interpretation Centre - Mellieha

Time: 10:00 till 16:00

Come and join us and enjoy the beauty of autumn at the Majjistral Nature and History Park on Sunday 26th November while celebrating the 10 th  Year anniversary of Malta’s first national park. 

We will be meeting at the Park’s Visitor Centre where visitors will be welcomed and can watch
the introductory documentary about nature and the life at the Park. 

Information about the Park and its endeavours plus free guided walks by volunteers and Park
staff will be carried out between 10:00 till 14:30.

Walks will be preceded by the documentary and will start from the Visitors Centre at 10:30,
12:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

At the end of each walk visitors will be given a 10th Anniversary pack as a souvenir.  Bring your
families and tell your friends about our activities so the Park can be enjoyed by many.