November 16, 2015

The Swallowtail Butterfly

The endemic Maltese Swallowtail butterfly, a subspecies of the European Swallowtail is only found in the Maltese Islands, locally called “Farfett tar-reġina/bużbież/fejġel”. It has an impressive wingspan […]
November 8, 2015

Ruby red of the Pomegranate Jelly

The small tree of the Pomegranate is native to Asia, but it has become naturalised in the Maltese Islands for a long time. It is in […]
October 14, 2015

The Eurasian Dotterel  

Observed: Mainly in Autumn, however is also seen in Winter and Spring Description: The Eurasian Dotterel is a small long-legged wader of the plover bird family, […]
October 12, 2015

Spice, flavour and colour at Dingli Cliffs: Saffron

The exquisite sweet scent of the Yellow-throated Crocus flower (Crocus longiflorus, Żagħfran Salvaġġ) may be enjoyed during these Autumnal days. In the garrigue area of Dingli […]
October 7, 2015

The edible fruit of the semi-wild Azalore tree

Have you ever heard of the edible Azalore hawthorn fruit? The deciduous Azalore tree or Mediterranean hawthorn (Crataegus azalorus, Għanzalor) is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, […]
August 31, 2015

The spectacular Lobed Argiope

Image caption – The Lobed Argiope at Dingli Cliffs (Source: The Cliffs Interpretation Centre)  The striking Lobed Argiope (Argiope lobata, Brimba kbira tal-widien) is the largest […]
August 27, 2015

The Ancient Carob

The Carob Tree (Siġra tal-Ħarrub, Ceratonia siliqua) is one of the most characteristic species that defines Maltese maquis communities. It is indigenous to the eastern Mediterranean […]
August 7, 2015

The aromatic, herbaceous Fennel

Visit Dingli Cliffs during these hot summer days and count the number of fennel plants! The Fennel (Bużbież, Foeniculum vulgare) is an unmistakeable plant, which is […]
July 6, 2015

The dying fig and mulberry trees in Malta

Edible figs (Bajtar) were one of the first cultivated trees, while the Black mulberries (Tut) have also been cultivated for a long time. Both trees are […]