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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

17 November 2018

9:00 AM

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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.

15 November 2018

9:00 AM

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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.

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Live streaming of Spanish Sparrow nest box 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

21 May 2015

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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. 

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