September 30, 2022

The purple hues of the Ground Thistle

One of the few plants which make their appearance at the end of summer in the typical garrigue habitat of Dingli Cliffs is the Ground Thistle […]
September 14, 2022

Short encounter with a Hoglet

How adorable is this baby Algerian Hedgehog?! Managed to take a photo of this hoglet before returning it back to the countryside…the hedgehog is a protected species […]
September 3, 2022

The sound of the Cicada from the trees

Wherever there are trees, one can hear the songs of the male Cicada (Cicada Barbara stal, Werżieq ta’ b’inhar), heard everywhere in summer. This insect is […]
August 30, 2022

The prolific juicy Prickly Pear

The prickly pear is one of the most ever-present fruit on the Maltese Islands, adorning the rural landscape with colourful spiny fruits. Although the Prickly Pear […]
July 12, 2022

Nature fact: Snails

Several types of land snails enter a deep state of sleep during the hot arid summer, known as aestivation! We often encounter them in the upper […]
June 21, 2022

The locally hand-picked and pickled capers

Capers have been used in cooking since at least 2000BC in Mesopotamia and they are mentioned as ingredients in the first cookery book, dating back to […]
June 9, 2022

The Wild leeks in the Maltese Islands

The first expression of agriculture in prehistory dates back to the Neolithic Revolution, to between 10,000BC and 2000BC when wild plants started being domesticated from their […]
May 29, 2022

The Mediterranean Thyme’s purple blooms

The change in the colour of the garrigue landscape from the springtime vibrant green to increasing brown parched patches around Dingli Cliffs is indicating the approaching […]
April 22, 2022

The urban roosting preferences of the common winter visitor – the White Wagtail

A common winter visitor to the Maltese Islands is the White Wagtail (Zakak Abjad, Motacilla alba), which often arrives in October and stays until early spring […]