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 […]
April 14, 2022

Pungent garlic blooms in the wild

One of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean cuisine is garlic, its aroma and flavour complimenting all types of food dishes. It is not a surprise that […]
March 7, 2022

Red carpeted Poppy fields in the Maltese Islands

The Red Poppy (Peprina Ħamra, Papaver rhoeas) which flowers between March and June is a very common plant which is often found in arable fields and […]
October 2, 2021

The yellow-wagtail and its striking plumage

Wagtails are a type of passerine birds, notable for their continuous tail pumping behaviour, which have given them their name. Wagtails are slender ground-feeding which breed in […]
August 5, 2021

Time for Carob Harvesting

One of the characteristic and widespread tree species of Maltese maquis habitats is the Carob Tree (Siġra tal-Ħarrub, Ceratonia siliqua). The name comes from the Greek […]
May 18, 2021

The Flowering Caper bushes

Capers feature prominently in Mediterranean food, and these versatile ingredients which add a distinctive sour/salty flavour, are actually flower buds of the Caper bush. Whilst the […]
May 11, 2021

The Corn Bunting and its nesting habits

Amongst 20 bird species are recorded to have bred in the Maltese Islands throughout the years. The regular breeding species include the Cory’s Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea, […]