Xlendi sign to raise awareness on effect of light pollution on seabirds

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Xlendi sign to raise awareness on effect of light pollution on seabirdsBirdLife Malta’s LIFE Arcipelagu Garnija project team said that it has been very busy with several initiatives in relation to the Scopoli’s Shearwater stranding season.

The Team said a new project sign with information has been installed in Xlendi, and leaflets to raise awareness about light pollution and its effect on these elusive seabirds have also been distributed to restaurants in the resort.

The project team pointed out that “Xlendi is one of the most light polluted parts of the Gozitan coastline and a record spot for stranded Scopoli’s Shearwaters.”

BirdLife Malta’s LIFE Project Ar?ipelagu Garnija aims at securing the Maltese Islands for the Yelkouan Shearwater and is also working to reduce the impacts of light pollution close to the colonies to ensure long-term protection of seabirds.

The team’s most recent report said that 13 birds had been brought in by members of the public within less than a week.

These were all successfully released, giving them a second chance to life back at sea. The team added, “we want to say a big thank everyone who has informed us so far and encourage the public to continue doing so in the coming weeks.”

If you would like to learn more about light pollution and how to mitigate it, then please join BirdLife Malta’s LIFE Arcipelagu Garnija project team for its `Shining a light on Pollution’ joint event with ADZ Green Youth Malta and The Astronomical Society of Malta on the 22nd of November at Salina Nature Reserve, starting at 7pm.

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