Sunday, April 19, 2015, 00:01 by
Nicholas Crampton, Mundford, Norfolk, England
I have watched the story of Malta’s attempts to solve its bird conservation problems since 2000, and tried to analyse these and offer some ideas to the Maltese government on their resolution in the form of a report in 2012, in which both Birdlife Malta and FKNK (hunters’ lobby) were consulted.
I am fully persuaded on ecological grounds that the idea of recreational hunting in spring is plainly wrong, and that the EU Birds Directive which allows it is thus fundamentally flawed. However, the fact is that it is legally possible and now likely to be a feature of Maltese life for some time, as it seems unlikely that either of the main political parties will make an election pledge to abolish it in the foreseeable future.