Nature walks and historical places on BirdLife Malta’s Gozo day trip

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Nature walks and historical places on BirdLife Malta's Gozo day tripBirdLife Malta’s Adult Activity Group recently visited Gozo on a day trip, combining nature walks with visits to historical places

BLM said that the visit got underway with a 5km trek along the southwestern coast from Mgarr Harbour to Xatt l-Ahmar and onto Mgarr ix-Xini Bay.

The group then had the chance to visit the completely restored tower, built and completed in 1661 in defence of the island. There was a representative of Wirt Ghawdex present as a guide and adviser. The NGO is responsible for the management of the tower.

Participants were also fortunate to see various species of birds in the course of the trek. These included a Common Kestrel, Blue Rock Thrushes, Yellow-legged Gulls, a Spectacled Warbler, a family of Sardinian Warblers, Barn Swallows, Little Egrets and many Short-toed Larks.

The walk continued along the coast and finished at the Xewkija Rotunda, followed by lunch.

The afternoon was taken up by an interesting visit to the Ggantija Temples at Xaghra, dating back to 3,200 BC and now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

The group visited the Interpretation Centre with Heritage Malta, where detailed information was given, as well as the opportunity to explore various aspects related to life in Neolithic times.

Details about BirdLife Malta’s events are constantly updated on its website at BirdLife Malta members are given priority for such activities. Those who may wish to join BirdLife Malta can do so at

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