Filfla – Islet of History and Nature: Wirt Ghawdex lecture by Joe Sultana

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Filfla - Islet of History and Nature - Wirt Ghawdex lecture by Joe SultanaWirt Ghawdex is organising its next public lecture – Filfla – Islet of History and Nature – taking place at the Santa Cecilia Chapel, on Friday, the 21st of April.

Joe Sultana is a well-known naturalist and passionate ornithologist. He served for several years as President of the Malta Ornithological Society/BirdLife Malta, Council Member of BirdLife International, consultant of the European Diploma for Protected Areas of the Council of Europe, and Principal Environment Officer of the former Dept. of Environment.

This lecture will touch on how, for several years, Filfla was used by the British services for bombing practices. This was stopped in 1970 coinciding with MOS (now BirdLife Malta) first publication Bird Studies on Filfla.

Filfla now hosts fine colonies of seabirds including one of the largest known colonies of the Mediterranean Storm-petrel as well as an endemic subspecies of the Maltese Wall Lizard.

Joe has been going to Filfla regularly two to four times a year since 1968 with other colleagues on behalf of BirdLife Malta to study and monitor the seabirds breeding there. The Islet has been a strict nature reserve since 1988.

The lecture, which is open to the general public, will be held in English and starts at 6.30pm. For those interested in attending, please reserve seats by email to since seating at the chapel is limited.

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