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Situation Vacant - Part-time Events and Media Coordinator

Situation Vacant - Part-time Events and Media Coordinator

Situation Vacant - Part-time Events and Media Coordinator

Il-Majjistral Park is looking for a part-time Events and Media Coordinator

Duties include:

You will be responsible in the organisation and implementation of events and activities (walks, outings, educational activities & on-site lectures) which is part of the Park’s outreach programme for the general public, groups and schools.  You will be required to liaise with public entities and the general public and also organise and implement media campaigns.

Your duty will also include the drawing up of a plan as well as implement the same plan to disseminate information about the park.  A similar marketing plan for the park plus drawing up and circulating promotional material will be also requested from you.

Further more you will be required to update and monitor the Park’s website and Facebook pages as well as assist in the drafting of reports related to the events and media coordination.

Qualifications:
Candidate should be fluent in Maltese and English and have a good knowledge of Maltese flora and fauna.

The ideal candidate should:

·       Be expected to work 20 hours per week

·       Be organised and meticulous with a high degree of commitment

·       Be flexible and can work on own initiative since you would be the main person responsible for     organising and coordinating the activities

·       Be able to work on weekends since the activities may be during the weekend

·       Have excellent people and communication skills

·       Have basic knowledge on how to use Excel and Words.

Application has to be sent to info@majjistral.org by not later than noon of Saturday 30th June 2018. Eligible candidates will be called for an interview (either in person or through Skype) in July. Recruitment and selection procedure is firmly based on equal opportunities best practice.

Press release 17th December 2017 - Federation appeals for revocation of extended hunting hours at Majjistral Park

Press release 17th December 2017 - Federation appeals for revocation of extended hunting hours at Majjistral Park

Press release 17th December 2017 - Federation appeals for revocation of extended hunting hours at Majjistral Park

Federation appeals for revocation of extended hunting hours at Majjistral Park

The NGOs Din l-Art Helwa, Nature Trust Malta, and the Gaia Foundation making up the Majjistral Park Federation hopes that common sense will prevail in Parliament tomorrow and all MPs will uphold the motion put forward by Dr Godfrey Farrugia to revoke LN 300 of 2017.  On 27 October Legal Notice 300 of 2017 was published, whereby the regulations pertaining to hunting and trapping hours in the Majjistral Park were extensively increased during Autumn. The public was unaware of this amendment because no public consultation was held on this change.

In effect,  such a time extension means much reduced time for the public (including tourists and school children) – to visit the park at a time when daytime gets shorter, and the park is bustling with life as the rains trigger off the winter bountiful season.  To this end the park Federation wrote to Minister Herrera on 14 November 2017 to revoke such regulations. No answer  has been received to date.  A letter expressing the Federation’s concern and request was also sent to all MP’s following which this LN will be debated on Monday 18th December on the initiative of Dr Godfrey Farrugia who presented the parliamentary motion. An online petition to have the hunting and trapping hours reverted, has already garnered over 4000 supporters.  

The Federation notes that the hunting and trapping times had already been extended in the past from 9am to 10.00 am –whereby an equitable solution had already been reached. Extending such times again to the afternoon practically cuts off access to the public in the most beautiful season of the year. Such a short sighted and rash decision in favor of a few has now reduced further access to our ever diminishing countryside. 

Simone Mizzi obo
The Majjistral Park Federation

Press release 15th November 2017 - MAJJISTRAL PARK FEDERATION STATES NEW REGUALTIONS EXTENDING HUNTING HOURS ARE ILLEGAL.

Press release 15th November 2017 - MAJJISTRAL PARK FEDERATION STATES NEW REGUALTIONS EXTENDING HUNTING HOURS ARE ILLEGAL.

Press release 15th November 2017 - MAJJISTRAL PARK FEDERATION STATES NEW REGUALTIONS EXTENDING HUNTING HOURS ARE ILLEGAL.


MAJJISTRAL PARK FEDERATION STATES NEW REGULATIONS EXTENDING
HUNTING HOURS ARE ILLEGAL


The Majjistral Heritage Parks Federation made up of the three NGOs, Din l-Art Helwa, Gaia
Foundation, Nature Trust Malta are calling into question the legality of the new legal notice of
the 27 th October which extended the hunting and trapping hours to 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm
respectively, since these were issued without the mandatory period of public consultation and
thus go against the Environment Planning Act and the Aarhus Convention regarding
environmental information to the public and public participation in the environment decision
making process.

In its representations submitted in accordance with article 55 of the Act, The Federation that
manages the park stated that the new regulations have not taken into consideration the earlier
compromises made with the Ministry of Environment both in 2009 and in 2013 which regulated
the hours and established them finally at 10 a.m. In its letter sent to the Minister of Environment,
Sustainable Development and Climate Change, and to the CEO of the Environment and
Resources Authority, the Federation said that the decision to favour a handful of hunters over the
public’s freedom of enjoyment of one of the few remaining green spaces in Malta was
detrimental to society, to young persons and nature lovers who now can no longer use the park in
the better hours of the day without seeing birds killed and trapped for sport. The Federation has
spent many years working to introduce the park and its natural and historical features to the
public at large, to visitors to the islands and to the young. The young are always in need of
exposure to their natural environment, are very impressionable at that stage in their lives, and
absorb so much that is new to them. It is clear that such impressionable young persons cannot be
expected to share the same space at the same time with hunters, and it is indeed very traumatic
for a child or a class of children to suddenly see a bird being shot out of the sky. There is also the
safety issue, as hunting accidents have been known to take place, even when there are very few
persons around, and it would be tragic if a nature park with so many visitors were to be witness to
such an event should a child or adult on an excursion be injured or worse. In such case, who
would shoulder the responsibility?

Furthermore, the extension of hunting beyond 10.00 hrs has virtually shattered all that formed the
basis of agreements between park management and the hunting community, which agreements
were working well with hours restricted till 10 a.m. The new regulations have now made it
impossible for visitors and the young to properly enjoy the park in the most popular months and
hours during spring and autumn and during school periods available for such excursions. It has
effectively resulted in a substantial loss of public freedom to enjoy the park without pressure of
hunters and means that it is now impossible for the park to be developed to its full sustainable
potential, even economically, not just as a park, because this simply cannot be done if hunters
roam the area after 10.00 hrs. The Federation goes on to state that all this was fully understood
by the Government appointed Park Advisory Board, which at its last meeting held to reconsider
its position voted unanimously against the extended hunting times. Disregarding the advice of the
Government's own advisory board has effectively turned the park into a glorified hunting reserve masquerading as a nature park.

The Federation concluded by requesting the Minister and ERA to take heed of its representations,
to immediately suspend the amendments introduced by legal notice 300 of 2017, carried out
without public consultation pursuant to article 55 (1) of the Environment Protection Act, and in
accordance with article 55 (2) and (3), to revoke the regulations in order to once again limit any
form of hunting to 10.00 hrs at any time of year, which would better reflect the original
agreement between the two sides to limit hunting to 9.00 hrs. The Federation has pointed out that
the new regulations are null and void since they are in breach of the Parent Act enabling such
regulations to be passed.

Rodolfo Ragonesi LLD
President
Heritage Parks Federation
 

Press release 28th October 2017 - ENGOS SLAM NEW HUNTING AND TRAPPING TIMES AT MAJJISTRAL PARK

Press release 28th October 2017 - ENGOS SLAM NEW HUNTING AND TRAPPING TIMES AT MAJJISTRAL PARK

Press release 28th October 2017 - ENGOS SLAM NEW HUNTING AND TRAPPING TIMES AT MAJJISTRAL PARK

ENGOS SLAM NEW HUNTING AND TRAPPING TIMES AT MAJJISTRAL PARK

 

The Majjistral Park Federation made up of the three NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa, the Gaia Foundation and Nature Trust Malta with the support of BirdLife Malta are disheartened by the Minister of Environment’s latest backward move against environmental protection and public interest, by issuing yesterday’s Legal Notice 300 of 2017 which lengthens hunting times at the Park from 10am to 12:30pm and trapping times from 10am to 2:30pm. 

Further to FKNK’s press release issued together with the news of the Legal Notice, the NGOs stated they are also disappointed to hear that these amendments have come into force following back-room negotiations between the hunting federation, the Minister for Environment and the Parliamentary Secretary which have been ongoing since 2013. 

These amendments, which came into effect on Friday 27 October, completely disregard several factors including:

a.     That the Government’s own Supervisory Board for the Park that includes Nature Trust Malta, Gaia Foundation and Din l-Art Ħelwa, had unanimously advised against the extension of hunting and trapping hours. 

b.     That the Majjistral Nature and History Park is mostly public land which does not belong to hunters and trappers, who are given the privilege to hunt and trap across most parts of the Maltese Islands. That their rights are somewhat different in other locations is not an argument.  

c.     This unilateral decision by the government and the hunting lobby goes against the spirit of sustainable use of a Natura 2000 site and of a Nature Park. Allowing hunting across the park during those hours excludes various other recreational and educational activities as well as reduces the tourism amenity of the area for a substantial part of the year during hunting and trapping seasons. Furthermore, the decision rides roughshod over committed educational and visitor activities organised by the Park management. Some 400 students are booked to visit the Park between now and December and their safety remains a priority. 

d.     Amendments to legal notices concerning the use of public land, need to undergo a public consultation exercise as per the Environment Protection Act – and good practice demands that such changes in legislation are carried out in full consultation with stakeholders. This would include the Malta Tourism Authority, recreational groups, residents, commercial operators in the area, and ultimately the general public for which the nature and history park is set up for. Such legislation can only be issued without consultation for urgent matters – hunting and trapping extensions do not constitute emergency situations. 

The 4 NGOs further stated they could not understand the reason for additional appeasement to the hunting lobby by government at a time when increased illegal hunting incidents have characterised the current autumn hunting season. They finally reiterate that, just like the finch trapping season opened in breach of the European Birds’ Directive, there is no political mandate to execute these changes in the law, but rather government’s clear honouring of political promises. These include the continued mentioning of revisions of fines and penalties by the hunting federation which continue adding insult to injury. Conceding increases in hunting and trapping times for the benefit of a few hunters and trappers, to the detriment of the remaining public, shows that the Ministry concedes favours rather than tries to find common ground in favour of sustainable use of land designated for nature protection.  They conclude by saying this move in favour of hunters and trappers constitutes a serious loss to families, eco lovers and students of nature as they are prevented from the relaxed enjoyment of open space at most hours without the presence of those who kill for sport.  

Issued by

Birdlife Malta

Nature Trust Malta

Din l-Art Ħelwa

The Gaia Foundation

MAJJISTRAL PARK OFFERS FREE SCHOOL VISITS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY

MAJJISTRAL PARK OFFERS FREE SCHOOL VISITS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY

MAJJISTRAL PARK OFFERS FREE SCHOOL VISITS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY

On the event of the 10th anniversary of the founding of Malta's first Nature and History Park, the Majjistral Park Management is drawing up a series of extra activities in the Park.

As part of its educational programme, it will be inviting schools from both Malta and Gozo to organise excursions to the park by covering the costs of the tours, including bus transport costs to the site and back to school, thus alleviating both parents' and schools' limited budgets for extracurricular excursions.

Autumn is a particularly attractive and exciting time in the Park. The first rains bring with them a fresh efflorescence of     wild flowers and shrubs which can be studied by visitors who will be assisted by park attendants.  

Over the past 10 years the Park, that includes a visitor information centre, has hosted a growing number of visits and school excursions from all over Malta. However the management has noted that the distance to the park, situated as it is in the North West, and transport costs for school trips, are factors that often need to be addressed to make the park ever more accessible to the public.

Schools that wish to benefit from this initiative are asked to register their interest with the Park's educational officer on 21521291 or by email on walks@majjistral.org. Excursions can start from 0930 am and include a viewing of the Park Documentary at the Visitor Centre and will be on a first come first served basis. 

Information on the Park and its activities will also be available at the Park stand at the Genna ta' Gonna in Floriana on the 15th October.

Media Release - 21st September 2017

Media Release - 21st September 2017

Media Release - 21st September 2017

New Majjistral Park Board Shoots Down Requests to Increase Hunting Hours at the Park

The newly constituted Supervisory Board, appointed recently by Government, to oversee the management of the Majjistral Nature and History Park, has confirmed its decision to strongly advise against the increase in the hours when hunting is permitted in the Park.  The new Board, in its first meeting on Tuesday 19th September, decided to ratify the decision of the previous Board and not contemplate or agree to any further encroachments on the uninhibited visiting hours of nature lovers in the Park. The decision was carried by an overwhelming majority of 7 to 1.

The Hunting hours were originally laid down in the Park's regulations by Legal Notice 217 of 2013. These had been limited to 9.00 am, with hunters in possession of firearms having to physically leave the Park by 9.30 am. The decision was based upon the need to allow the large number of school trips and other visits to the Park to take place uninterrupted after such hours, to provide school children and others with a full experience of nature and history, and was thus a compromise to accommodate the young, local nature lovers and the growing number of foreign visitors to our islands in search of nature and their outstanding coastal areas.

These hunting hours had then been increased to 10.00 am, by virtue of Legal Notice 181 of 2014, amending the original regulations, pushing school visits back one hour. Under these circumstances the new Board, in its first meeting on Tuesday 19th September, confirmed its commitment to stick to the current arrangement which has been a sustainable solution for all stakeholders as it allows a full and pleasurable experience to nature lovers and students while permitting hunting in the earlier hours of the morning.

The Park is managed by the Heritage Parks Federation, made up of Din l-Art Helwa, Gaia Foundation and Nature Trust Malta. The Supervisory Government Board is composed of 8 members, 3 representing these three NGO's, 3 representing Government, one representing the Mellieha Local Council, and a Chairperson.

Rodolfo Ragonesi

President – Heritage Parks Federation

Il-Majjistral Park is 10 years old.

Il-Majjistral Park is 10 years old.

September 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Il-Majjistral Park.  Click on the image to read the article about the park which was published in the Times of Malta on Thursday 14th September 2017.

Painting in the park

Painting in the park

Join Jeni Caruana to draw and paint in the wild and wonderful Majjistral Nature and History Park every Sunday afternoon between 19th February and 23rd April 2017.

All levels are welcome, from beginners to more advanced.  Basic drawing and watercolour techniques will be covered for those that need to bulid up some confidence.  More experienced painters will be helped to further their skills. Every week there will be the option of staying in the Visitor Centre itself or painting outside.
 
Bring your own materials (whatever you wish to work with). 
Bring what you have and we'll discuss it if you are not sure!

Meet at the Visitors' Centre at 3pm, finishing at 5.30pm 
Fee: 25 euro per class 

For booking and for more information phone 99458286 or send an email to
jentambia@gmail.com

Check out her website on www.jenicaruana.com

Certificate of Excelence

Certificate of Excelence

Majjistral Nature and History Park 
EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Għajn Tuffieħa, Malta 8 June 2016. Majjistral Nature and History Park today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

Once again Majjistral Nature and History Park has been awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor -

"You've Been Recognised for Superior Service

We're thrilled to announce that Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the consistently great reviews you've earned on TripAdvisor."

 

ARBOR VITAE - exhibition of works by Jeni Caruana at Majjistral Visitor Centre

ARBOR VITAE  - exhibition of works by Jeni Caruana at Majjistral Visitor Centre

http://www.eve.com.mt/2016/11/16/jeni-caruana-launches-arbor-vitae/

JENI CARUANA LAUNCHES ARBOR VITAE

The Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitors Centre in Għajn Tuffieħa saw the launch of Jeni Caruana‘s exhibition, Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life) on the 4th November.

Trees have always been one of Caruana’s recurrent motifs, and with the Arbor Vitae collection, Caruana wanted to explore the many meanings attached to them, and how vitally important it is that we preserve, respect and protect them.

In her welcoming remarks, Simone Mizzi, Vice-President of Din l-Art Ħelwa, thanked Caruana for choosing the Majjistral Park for her exhibition, commenting that “nature is so calming and so soothing, we need it in our everyday lives. We need fresh air for healthy living and trees to keep our atmosphere clean and filter the pollution we create ourselves. Trees offer shelter not just to man, but to the small wildlife and the birds that abound in every place where they exist.”

ARBOR VITAE - exhibition of works by Jeni Caruana

ARBOR VITAE  - exhibition of works by Jeni Caruana

Artist Jeni Caruana will be holding an exhibition of works entitled Arbor Vitae (Tree of Life) at The Majjistral Nature and History Park, Ghajn Tuffieha from November 5 until December 16. Read more about the event on :http://www.visitmalta.com/en/event-details/2016-11/arbor-vitae-9776

Some recent works in Park

Some recent works in Park

Some recent works carried out in Majjistral Park included the building/repair of rubble walls to help land regeneration and stop vehicular access, removal of alien species of plants from some parts in the Park, and also clean ups. 

Sand Dune at Ramla tal-Mixquqa

Sand Dune at Ramla tal-Mixquqa

Earlier this year the Park has removed a number of alien species from the sand dune at Ramla tal-Mixquqa. Alien species removed included Hottentot Fig, Prickly Pear, Yucca and Agave. 

Forget mass tourism, go Eco: Working together for Ecotourism in Malta (MEET Project)

Forget mass tourism, go Eco: Working together for Ecotourism in Malta (MEET Project)

A two day training session within the Majjistral Nature and History Park brought together stakeholders from the park management team, public and private institutions to discuss how to transform this challenge into a concrete reality in their territory. The MEET recently organized a training on “Ecotourism participatory planning in Protected Areas,’ based on the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, and this is after two similar events they organized  in 2014 in Jordan and in Tunisia.

Click here to read more 

Live streaming of Spanish Sparrow nest box http://www.ustream.tv/channel/majjistral-park-nest-box

21 May 2015

Watch live streaming of a nest box of Spanish Sparrows at Majjistral Park, when camera is on air. The chicks have now hatched.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/majjistral-park-nest-box

 

Live streaming of Spanish Sparrow nest box http://www.ustream.tv/channel/majjistral-park-nest-box

New information panels in the Visitor Centre

New information panels in the Visitor Centre

New information panels have been set up in the Visitor Centre. They where funded by the MEET Project. 

Training workshops and public talks on identification of cetacean and marine turtle species

Training workshops and public talks on identification of cetacean and marine turtle species

"During the preceding summer months, the LIFE + MIGRATE team has done a number of training workshops to a variety of associations and stakeholders, namely Majjistral Park, Sharklab Malta, Din l-Art Ħelwa, Calypso Subaqua Club, Atlam Diving club and fishers from the Fishing Federation. The sessions included information about the project itself and its main goals, as well as relatively detailed descriptions of the cetacean (mainly dolphins and whales) and turtle species which occur around the Maltese Islands."


Read more about the recent collaboration between the Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park and LIFE+ Migrate. 

Recent News

Recent News

Many thanks to all who reviewed Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park - we have just received the Certificate of excellence.

Please add your review here


Let's Do It Malta - cleanup with San Anton Cub Scouts at Majjistral Park

On 10th May (2014) 25 cub scouts and leaders from San Anton scout group as well as other children and parents joined up with us at the park for an intensive cleanup of the northern area of the park at Il-Prajjet (Anchor Bay).

We collected over 40 bags, half of which were separated inton recyclable bags, as well as various bulky items...

Well done to all! Check out the event in the cub scouts' own words:

"We didn’t expect that much rubbish, like bones and other stuff, and it was sad that people do not respect nature, that people threw that much rubbish."

"We didn’t expect to find the things we found. There was a toilet over there and lots of bags full of rubbish"

"I really enjoyed participating in the clean up, but there should be less floor tiles and glass!"

"When you have a picnic don’t leave litter behind! There should be less rubbish in nice areas."

"Don’t leave car parts around because they destroy flowers."

"When you see litter pick it up. We will make an effort not to litter."

" We were so excited to clean up and help Malta. Though when we cleaned up we were shocked with all the rubbish we found, but there was a lovely view.One of us found a skull of a sheep, others found a toilet, some shoes and clothes. We thought someone lived here!!"

We enjoyed it a lot!

Let's Do It Malta - cleanup with San Anton Cub Scouts at Majjistral Park

Photographic Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition at Majjistral Nature and History Park Visitor Centre.

Open from 8 May till 5 June.

Free entrance.

Exhibition displays 30 photogrpahs by 12 different photographers -

Darren Saliba, Annalise Falzon, Guido Bonett, Noel Camilleri, Mark Anthony Falzon, Natalino Fenech, Nicholas Galea, Raymond Galea, Benjamin Metzger, Michael Sammut, Aron Tanti, Grace Tanti

 

Photographic Exhibition

Other News

Other News

Majjistral park Board set up

TVM News Feature on the newly set up Majjistral Board (3/5/2013)

 

Majjistral park Board set up

Press Release: Repeated Vandalism and fires at Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

The Majjistral Park Management Board denounces more vandalistic acts at the park where once again the gate to limit vehicular access to the park was removed with force and disposed of in an unknown location. The park is working to control access so as to limit damage of the already heavily eroded soils and trampled garigue habitats as well as to curb illegal offroading and dumping whilst making it a safer place for visitors. The installing of gates was part of a long process of collaboration with local park users who have titles on the land within the enclosed area and who were given keys to easily access the area. Visitors on foot and bicycle could continue to access the park without hindrance.

More vandalism was also suffered on interpretation panels around the park.

Various fires of unknown origin spread throughout the park at ix-Xagħra l-Ħamra on Sunday night and were thankfully controlled by the Civil Protection Department who were alerted by a local farmer passing by. Earlier fires were also noticed in at least two patches of freshly burnt land at Wied Żnuber and Rdum Majjiesa.  The park management would like to thank the CPD for intervening to control the damage to farmland and natural vegetation.

The Park appeals to the public to contact the police (119) and the park management to report any illegal or suspicious activities whilst any fires are to be reported on 112.

The park, Malta’s only national natural park, occupies a vast stretch of land in Mellieħa from Golden Bay to Anchor Bay and is a place of active relaxation for many people both local and foreign whilst acting as an outdoor classroom for hundreds of students each year, as farmland for many farmers and as precious habitat for a wide range of biodiversity.

 

Press Release: Repeated Vandalism and fires at Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

Naxxar Cub Scouts at Majjistral Park

VISIT TO MAJJISTRAL PARK

Together with their leaders the Naxxar Cubs and Scouts recently set off to the Majjistral Park where the cubs were greeted by Ms. Annalise Falzon. Here, a guided walk was held and Ms. Analise explained about the importance of respecting the environment, territorial bird calls, endemic plant species and adaptations of plants to survive in our Maltese climate.

The cubs and scouts then assisted in a clean up in a small section of the Majjistral Park. The group searched for and collected empty cartridge shells that had been fired by hunters. A total of 498 empty shells were collected and these were taken back to headquarters and were then used in a craft project in which a model of a Maltese stone corbelled hut better known as a girna was built.  

The cubs and scouts then helped one of the rangers in the park to conserve the olive trees that had been planted in an afforestation project. Pest control in the park is done in an environmentally friendly way, without the use of harmful chemicals found in conventional pesticides. One of the major pests that olive trees have are snails and thus to prevent attack by snails the ranger explained how dacron is tied around the base of the trunks of these trees. Following instructions, the cubs and scouts helped to remove dacron that had been used in previous years and then replaced it with a new layer which was secured in place by a reef knot.

See also here

Press Release: Golden Bay needs protection

The Heritage Parks federation, as manager of Majjistral Park concurs with MEPA’s action to step up enforcement measures which control abusive development in the area especially any occuring in the extremely sensitive site of Golden bay (Il-Mixquqa). The beach backed by rare sand dunes with equally rare associated species is in itself a scarce habitat considering less than 2% of Malta’s coastline consists of sandy shores.

Before being incorporated within the National Park of Il-Majjistral, Golden Bay was granted various levels of protection both on national and international levels as an:

Area of Very High Landscape Value, Grade 1 Scheduled Area of Ecological Importance and a Special Area of Conservation of International Importance.

The beach and sand dune area have been degraded over years of human disturbance including the construction of stairways and kiosks and the spread of invasive species. The park management has in fact been granted the go ahead from the same authority to proceed with a restoration plan for the sand dunes.  

The park carries out regular environmental awareness activities with a special focus on coastal ecology and marine life during the summer months. Unfortunately issues of light and noise pollution and mechanised beach cleaning works are often of detriment to the experience of the site and the conservation objectives of this Natura 2000 site.

Illegal developments on site have also been the only stumbling block hindering the beach from obtaining the full status of Blue Flag for consecutive years. The park management also hopes that the adjacent Rdum Majjiesa Marine Protected Area receives the adequate support for full implementation and enforcement without further delay.

 

 

Naxxar Cub Scouts at Majjistral Park

Press Release: Golden Bay needs protection

The Heritage Parks federation, as manager of Majjistral Park concurs with MEPA’s action to step up enforcement measures which control abusive development in the area especially any occuring in the extremely sensitive site of Golden bay (Il-Mixquqa). The beach backed by rare sand dunes with equally rare associated species is in itself a scarce habitat considering less than 2% of Malta’s coastline consists of sandy shores.

Before being incorporated within the National Park of Il-Majjistral, Golden Bay was granted various levels of protection both on national and international levels as an:

Area of Very High Landscape Value, Grade 1 Scheduled Area of Ecological Importance and a Special Area of Conservation of International Importance.

The beach and sand dune area have been degraded over years of human disturbance including the construction of stairways and kiosks and the spread of invasive species. The park management has in fact been granted the go ahead from the same authority to proceed with a restoration plan for the sand dunes.  

The park carries out regular environmental awareness activities with a special focus on coastal ecology and marine life during the summer months. Unfortunately issues of light and noise pollution and mechanised beach cleaning works are often of detriment to the experience of the site and the conservation objectives of this Natura 2000 site.

Illegal developments on site have also been the only stumbling block hindering the beach from obtaining the full status of Blue Flag for consecutive years. The park management also hopes that the adjacent Rdum Majjiesa Marine Protected Area receives the adequate support for full implementation and enforcement without further delay.

 

Press Release: Golden Bay needs protection

Newsletter June-July 2014

You can access our newsletter here.

Newsletter June-July 2014

Upcoming event Summer 2014

Join us for our summer events - check out the events section for full details and email walks@majjistral.org to book:

Guided snorkelling dates:  5 and 26 July, 16 August @ 9am Golden Bay

Nocturnal Life at the Park: 19 July @ 7pm @ Majjistral Park Visitor Centre

Sunset walk and food in the fields: 1st August @ 7pm Manikata

Rugged coast Kayaking: 6th August @ 5.30pm till sunset - Golden Bay

Upcoming event Summer 2014

Park Promo video launched

The short Park promo is now online - please feel free to share.

The full feature can be watched at the Majjistral Park Visitor Centre.

Enjoy!

 Park Promo video launched

Visitor Centre

 

Please note the Visitor Centre will not be open in the weekends in August.  

If you need more info contact us on 21521291 during office hours.

Visitor Centre

'Gilbert Vancell Nature Photography' will be donating 5% out of its Fine Art Print sales to the 3 NGO's that together take care of Majjistral Park: Nature Trust (Malta), Din l-Art Ħelwa and The Gaia Foundation.

Through fine art prints we share the beauty of our Maltese Landscape with both people and businesses, to increase love and respect for our precious natural environment. We want to encourage and inspire people to go out and explore what is in our own backyard. We are also pushed by the thought that not everyone have the possibility to access these areas. A fine art print is a way to experience the beauty of nature that is available for everyone.

Website: http://gvancell.com/

 


Learn more about the park's resident seabirds

Learn more about the park's resident seabirds

Jintemm b'success l-ewwel Kors fir-restawr tal-Hitan tas-Sejjieh fil-park

Tnax il-parteċipant lestew il-kors ta' 20 siegħa li sar fil-Park tal-Majjistral mal-għalliem Simon Buttiġieġ u li sar flimkien mal-MCAST. Qed inħejju għal-kors ieħor - jekk interessati iktbulna fuq walks@majjistral.org - dan se jsir f'April 2013.

 

Jintemm b'success l-ewwel Kors fir-restawr tal-Hitan tas-Sejjieh fil-park

Article on The Malta Independent

http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=149292

Article on The Malta Independent

Press Release - Young nature photographers at Majjistral Park

Young nature photographers, aged between 7 and 10 years, together with their parents joined the Majjistral Nature and History Park guide on a special outing recently. The aim of the day was to encourage an eye for observing details in nature and to serve as a learning experience about plants, the countryside code and basic notions of photography. The photographers were divided into groups to encourage teamwork and they used Canon digital cameras donated by Avantech Ltd together with a portable photo printer for use in educational activities at the park. Each team searched for different flowers learning their names in the process and refining their observation and creativity skills. Every participant had the chance to select their favourite photo of the day and have a copy printed.

The activity was enjoyed by all despite the fact that the park information panels, which formed part of the activity preparation on site, were stolen and could not be found on site during the same event.

Below is some feedback received from parents:

“Great idea as it combined two passions my son has ... Nature and photography”

“My children really enjoyed it .... And was interesting for us grown ups as well.”

“They enjoyed the activity very much, even myself ... Well done, well organised and very informative!!!!”

The activity will be repeated in the Easter holidays.

Any groups wishing to book guided visits at the park can do so by contacting the park guide on walks@majjistral.org

School visits will be resuming as soon as the hunting season ends as of 1st February. The visits are suitable for year 3 upwards whilst older age groups can choose the nature photography option upon request.

In the meantime the general public is invited to attend our regular park activities – the next guided nature walk being on 3rdFebruary at 2.30pm whilst the next public lecture entitled “Life in Freshwater Rockpools” by Dr Sandro Lanfranco will be held onTuesday 5th February at 6pm.

More information on the activities can be obtained by emailing walks@majjistral.org or viewing the park website at www.majjistral.org.

 

Press Release - Young nature photographers at Majjistral Park

Build an APP for Majjistral Park - COMPETITION

This is a Challenge where participants are invited to submit a concept for a mobile application (App) to be used for the Majjistral Nature and History Park.

The Challenge is aimed at promoting entrepreneurship, creativity, and technical skillsthrough the development of an App which, in turn, will provide a rich learning experience for physical or virtual visitors to the Majjistral Nature and History Park.

The submissions received will be evaluated by judges, who will short-list the two 2 best concepts in accordance with the judging criteria provided in this leaflet. The two 2 short-listed teams will, during summer 2014, be mentored by MITA professionals to develop their concept into an APP.​

FOR FULL INFO AND APPLICATION FORMS CHECK:

https://mita.gov.mt/en/buildappchallenge/Pages/Build-an-App.aspx

Build an APP for Majjistral Park - COMPETITION

Majjistral park featured on TVM news

http://tvm.com.mt/news/2013/08/site-regulations-established-for-majjistral-park/

Majjistral park featured on TVM news

Press Release: SITE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED FOR MAJJISTRAL PARK

SITE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED FOR MAJJISTRAL PARK

The management of the Majjistral Park has stepped up a gear with the establishment of site specific regulations to regulate certain activities within the park, issued by legal notice 217 of 2013 that came into force on the 23rd July 2013.

This exercise is a very important element in the enhanced management of a national park, setting out proper guidelines and procedures, following public consultation, for the enjoyment by the public while respecting the conservation status of the park, which incorporates part of the North West Coastal Cliffs Natura 2000 site of international importance.

 

While access to the park remains open to the public, certain activities have been regulated in order to meet the site management's objectives. Thus vehicular access is subject to legitimate users like farmers and those applying for access on the basis of criteria set out by the Management Board, these include research and studies, persons with disability and educational events. Vehicular access had to be controlled owing to widespread abuse like dumping and tipping, and off roading on the protected garrigue. With regard to hunting, a compromise was reached after extended discussions with stakeholders, to limit the practice to 10 am, with the numerous school visits and tours set for after 10.00 am. Other activities are regulated by the said legal notice, some of which would be permitted under certain conditions and within areas designated by the Management for such activities.

The park management has thanked the general public and various public and private entities for all their feedback and input leading up to the issue of the site regulations. It has also thanked the public for its cooperation and in working to make Malta's first National Park a success and a site to be proud of. Information on the regulation of activities is being posted on the Park's website www.majjistral.org and its Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/majjistral/

The Management can be contacted at info@majjistral.org for further information.

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Regolamenti ġodda għall-park tal-Majjistral

It-Tmexxija tal-Park tal-Majjistral ħadet spinta ‘l quddiem permezz ta’ regolamenti speċifiċi għas-sit kif inħarġu bl-Avviż Legali 217 tal-2013 tat-23 ta’ Lulju 2013.

Dan huwa eżerċizzju importanti għall-immaniġġjar aħjar ta’ Park nazzjonali. Wara konsultazzjoni pubblika inħarġu linji gwidi u proċeduri sabiex ikun imħares l-istat ta’ konservazzjoni tal-park filwaqt li jitgawda mill-pubbliku. Il-Park jinkludi jifforma parti minn sit estensiv ta’ Importanza internazzjonali Natura 2000 tal-Irdumijiet tal-Majjistral ta’ Malta.

Xi attivitajiet qed jiġu rregolati sabiex jintlaħqu l-għanijiet tal-immaniġjar tas-sit filwaqt li l-aċċess għall-pubbliku ser jibqa’ miftuħ. L-aċċess bil-vetturi huwa limitat għal utenti tal-parj bħal bdiewa jew oħrajn li japplikaw skont il-kriterji maħruġa mill-Bord tal-Immaniġġjar – dawn jinkludu riċerka u studji, attivitajiet edukattivi u persuni b’diżabilità. L-aċċess għall-vetturi kellu jiġi regolat minħabba l-abbużi regolari ta’ rimi illegal ta’ skart u offroading fuq ix-xagħri. Rigward il-kaċċa ntlaħaq kumprumess wara diskussjonijiet estensivi mal-istakeholders sabiex din l-attivita sseħħ sal-10am sabiex visiti ggwidati u attivitajiet skolastiċi jseħħu wara 10am. L-avviż legali jirregola attivitajiet oħra li jistgħu jingħataw permess skont xi kundizzjonijiet u f’żoni indikati għal dan il-għan mit-Tmexxija tal-park.

Il-Park jirringrazzja lill-pubbliku ġenerali u l-entitatjiet pubbliċi u privati li taw il-kummenti taghħom sabiex jiġu formulati dawn ir-regolamenti. Tirringrazzja l-pubbliku għall-koperazzjoni tagħha sabiex dan l-ewwel Park Nazzjonali naturali ikun suċċess. L-informazzjoni dwar ir-regolamenti jinsabu fuq il-websajt www.majjistral.org u fuq il-paġna Facebook. Għal iktar informazzjoni l-park jista’ jiġi kkuntattjat fuq info@majjistral.org

 

Press Release: SITE REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED FOR MAJJISTRAL PARK

Autumn at the Park - upcoming events 2013

The Majjistral Nature and History Park, located in Mellieha, is now in its sixth year having been declared a National Park in September 2007. Over 8000 people have attended park activities since its inception - these have ranged from nature talks to guided and thematic walks with specialists on botany, entomology, ornithology, malacology, astronomy, mammalogy, geology, wildlife photography, ichthyology and elasmobranchology. The park also regularly teams up with  related organizations to offer health awareness activities as well as with farmers to support local produce and organic farming.

The Park will resume its weekend walks for the public with the first autumn walk being offered free on Sunday 20th October. The autumn calendar of events can be found below and all bookings or queries are to be directed to walks@majjistral.org  

More activities may be announced in due course and updates are regularly posted on the Park’s Facebook Page. Information about the park can be found on www.majjistral.org

Tuesday 15th  October 2013 6.30pm: Public Lecture i.c.w Din l-Art Ħelwa: ‘The Mediterranean’s Underwater Forests’ by Dr Joseph A Borg at Din l-Art Ħelwa Office 133 Melita Street Valletta. Free event

Sunday 20th October 3pm –Guided walks resume with an afternoon walk starting from near Golden Bay Bus stop. Free event

Saturday 26th October 10am – Cleanup at the park i.c.w. Mellieħa Local Council

Sunday 2nd November 10am – Children’s activity for the Park’s Junior Rangers club i.c.w. Turu APPREZZA Campaign Ages 11-13 (by Booking) Free event

Sunday 10th November 10am – Guided Nature walk for adults (by Booking)

Tuesday 19th November 6.30pm: Public Lecture in conjunction with Din l-Art Ħelwa: 'An overview of the underwater assets of local Marine Protected Areas' by Dr Alan Deidun. Free event

Sunday 24th November 10am Treasure Hunt – Fresh air, exercise and testing your knowledge about the park! (by Booking)

In the meantime the management would like to reminds the general public and organised groups that group bookings can also be taken for private tours of the park.

Annalise Falzon

Communications Officer and Nature Walks Guide

Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park

www.majjistral.org

Email: walks@majjistral.org

Tel: +356 21521291   Mob: +356 79006395

 

Autumn at the Park - upcoming events 2013

Article published on Times of Malta

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140119/environment/Audit-firm-employees-clean-up-G-ajn-nuber.503227#.Utz4cbBwbIU

 

Article published on Times of Malta

International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May

This year's theme focuses on Island Biodiversity - read more here

The Maltese Islands contain a rich biodiversity considering their limited size and intense human pressure. Apart from a rich indigenous flora the islands are also host to numerous endemics  - 18 of these are represented in Majjistral Park.

The islands are also situated along one of the main bird migratory routes apart from sustaining a number of local breeding birds. Around 12 species are breeding in the park alone.

The park continues to act as a gateway for increasing awareness on local biodiversity whilst also seeking measures to conserve it. We hope to have more research carried out on site to also come up with more information on faunal species such as micromammals and invertebrates.  

International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May

Brand new behaviour recorded on shearwater nest-camera

Here is a press release on the Yelkouan shearwaters at the park - issued by BirdLife Malta on 23rd May:

Brand new behaviour recorded on shearwater nest-camera

Friday 23rd May 2014 – A new video released by BirdLife Malta today shows never-before-recorded behaviour of a pair of Yelkouan Shearwaters, known as Garnija in Maltese, on their nest high up in the sea-cliffs at Majjistral Park, in the north west of Malta.

The footage was recorded by researchers from the EU LIFE+ Malta Seabird Projectstudying the birds at a newly discovered colony along the cliffs of Majjistral Nature and History Park that is a protected Natura 2000 area. Many of Malta’s 34 Natura 2000 sites can be found along the Islands’ extensive coastline, where the sea-cliffs provide a home for 10 percent of the world’s Yelkouan Shearwaters.

The video shows a pair of brooding adult Yelkouans taking turns to sit on their egg, but takes a dramatic turn when an intruder enters the nest and needs to be chased off!

By a placing a trail camera with an infra-red light and sensor inside a cave where these threatened seabirds were found to be nesting the researchers were able to capture intimate video and sound of these birds that has previously been impossible to observe.

“It’s very exciting for us to be able to see what these birds are doing inside the caves where they have their nests,” said Dr Benjamin Metzger, Head of Research on the project.

“Such footage is helping us reveal more of their secretive lives and intricate social behaviour, which is a result of their colonial nesting habits.”

The Malta Seabird Project team have been working with the cooperation of the Park’s management to find out how many Yelkouan Shearwaters there are breeding on the cliffs at Majjistral, as well as fitting some of the adult’s with GPS tracking devices to learn where the birds from this particular colony go to feed during the day.

They have also been helping to organise public information events to help raise awareness of the presence of these threatened seabirds in the Park.

This evening, BirdLife Malta’s Falko youth group and Majjisttal Nature & History Park are inviting the public to a “shearwater listening” activity at Majjistral, where they will be able to hear the calling Yelkouans as they return to their nests after sunset. Sharp-eyed visitors might even catch a glimpse of the birds flying in from the sea below the cliffs.

 

For more information about the activity and to book a place you can emailfalkoblm@gmail.com or walks@majjistral.org, and visit the event page on Facebook.

 

The EU Life+ Malta Seabird Project aims to identify Marine Important Bird Areas for the three species of tubenose seabirds breeding in the Maltese Islands. The project is 50% funded by the EU’s LIFE unit, and is a partnership between BirdLife Malta, the RSPB (BirdLife UK), SPEA (BirdLife Portugal) and the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change

 

Brand new behaviour recorded on shearwater nest-camera

Intervista Muzajk Mejju 2014

Click here to read the Interview with Annalise Falzon

Intervista Muzajk Mejju 2014

Press Release: Golden Bay needs protection

The Heritage Parks federation, as manager of Majjistral Park concurs with MEPA’s action to step up enforcement measures which control abusive development in the area especially any occuring in the extremely sensitive site of Golden bay (Il-Mixquqa). The beach backed by rare sand dunes with equally rare associated species is in itself a scarce habitat considering less than 2% of Malta’s coastline consists of sandy shores.

Before being incorporated within the National Park of Il-Majjistral, Golden Bay was granted various levels of protection both on national and international levels as an:

Area of Very High Landscape Value, Grade 1 Scheduled Area of Ecological Importance and a Special Area of Conservation of International Importance.

The beach and sand dune area have been degraded over years of human disturbance including the construction of stairways and kiosks and the spread of invasive species. The park management has in fact been granted the go ahead from the same authority to proceed with a restoration plan for the sand dunes.  

The park carries out regular environmental awareness activities with a special focus on coastal ecology and marine life during the summer months. Unfortunately issues of light and noise pollution and mechanised beach cleaning works are often of detriment to the experience of the site and the conservation objectives of this Natura 2000 site.

Illegal developments on site have also been the only stumbling block hindering the beach from obtaining the full status of Blue Flag for consecutive years. The park management also hopes that the adjacent Rdum Majjiesa Marine Protected Area receives the adequate support for full implementation and enforcement without further delay.

 

Press Release: Golden Bay needs protection