February 3, 2014 Editor

Ghadira Nature Reserve

Most of the sun worshippers that visit Malta know Ghadira for it’s busy sandy beach but just across the road lies one of the most ecologically important areas on the islands.

Ghadire Nature Reserve has significant ecological importance since it encircles wetland and saltmarsh areas, two habitats which are quite scarce in the Maltese Islands. In fact this area of shallow, reedy ponds surrounded by scrub is also an important resting area for migrating birds (over 200 species have been recorded at the site). The name, pronounced aa-dee -ra, means ‘marsh’, and this was Malta’s first national nature reserve an 1978.

The 6-hectare Nature Reserve is open to the public and volunteers accompany visitors for a walk along a nature trail that leads to a birdwatching hide.

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  •     Opening Times: Saturdays and Sundays from November until May. Visiting hours are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
  •     Public Transport from/to Valletta: Check Arriva.com.mt for latest routes
  •     Entrance is free.



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