June 8, 2020

The spiky hedgehog

The Algerian/Vagrant Hedgehog (Qanfud,  Atelerix algirus) is a mammal species recorded in parts of North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia), Malta and Spain. It is thought […]
June 5, 2020

The Asphalt smelling Pitch Trefoil

Mediterranean climate ecosystems are rich in legumes, with the Pea (Leguminosae or Fabaceae) family identified as a major component of the vast majority of habitats and […]
June 1, 2020

The old quarries at Clapham Junction

The large open area at Misraħ Għar il-Kbir, which contains the largest intensity of cart ruts in the Maltese Islands is also well-known by the nickname […]
May 25, 2020

Bright crimson sulla fields

Forage can be described as plant material that is eaten by grazing livestock. Amongst the herbaceous legumes which are used for forage in the Mediterranean basin […]
May 18, 2020

The benefits of enjoying nature through walks and wellbeing

In our hectic world, walking is often regarded as a means to an end – a planned leisure activity, or a means of doing physical exercise. […]
May 16, 2020

The well-known Wall rue for traditional folk medicine

The rue or citrus family of flowering plants include numerous species, perhaps the most familiar being the Citrus, including orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and lime. Another […]
May 12, 2020

Flight of the Raptors – Honey Buzzards visiting the Maltese Islands

Bird migration is one of the wonders of the natural world, undertaken by approximately one out of every five bird species. Migration is an extraordinary feat […]
May 10, 2020

The most common Mediterranean Thistle and the steppe vegetation

The major communities which characterise the terrestrial vegetation assemblages of the Maltese Islands are part of the successional sequence leading to the climax assemblage i.e. from […]
May 6, 2020

Can we apply the lessons of early response to the health crisis to the global biodiversity crisis and the decline in pollinators?

Covid-19 has shown us how we need to learn to adapt to a ‘new’ normal at a very fast rate. This need to adapt for the […]