Biodiversity

National Winning Article 2nd – Ġnien Ingraw – I can’t find my way out!

submitted by Nicholas Attard & George Zahra San Anton School Imselliet for Biodiversity
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In this article the young reporters investigate the impacts of the extension of an existing hotel on the ecologically important habitats at Ġnien Ingraw, in Mellieħa.



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The Maltese Painted Frog

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The Maltese painted frog, Discoglossus pictus, is found near open places such as in Buskett, small streams, Chadwick Lakes and also in fields. This animal is an amphibian which means that it lives both on water and on land. This is the only frog species in Malta, as is known as an endemic species. Discoglossus pictus usually has a dark olive green colour, their belly is whitish. Females lay a total of 500 to 1000 eggs. The Discoglossus pictus is very rare to find in Malta and this species is becoming extinct. There are many ways to help these animals like not torturing them, leaving them in their own habitat and by not destroying their habitat. It is important to keep them alive or in a few decade's time these amphibians will become extinct.



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Sea Cucumber

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This is a picture of a sea cucumber I saw when snorkelling at Mgarr ix-Xini, Gozo. This strange looking creature intrigued me as I had never seen anything like it. It belongs to the group Echinodermata which are often found on sandy sea beds. Sea cucumbers are sausage like creatures, around 30 to 40 cm long, with bumps or spines on their leathery skin. They feed on tiny creatures, plankton and algae. They are harmless but when they feel threatened they contract and shoot out water. They can also secrete a very sticky substance which acts like glue and if it gets on your skin it’s almost impossible to remove. Sometimes, in defence, they even shoot out their internal organs and then grow them back again. Sea cucumbers are considered as a delicacy in Chinese cuisine and some even believe they are aphrodiasiacs.



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Scarce Animals in Malta

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In this article, attention is drawn onto various animals whose numbers are on the decline in the Maltese Islands. Information is given on the habits and difficulties encountered by these animals.



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Biodiversity – is it too late?

submitted by Martina Cutajar St Michael Foundation School for Biodiversity
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This video clip tries to promote the already existing awareness about biodiversity and its numerous threats especially in a small island environment such as ours.



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Biodiversity

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In this photo, which was taken at Buskett, a good example of a habitat for flora and fauna can be seen. When the term ‘Biodiversity’ is used, what is meant is the degree of variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Buskett is the only semi-natural woodland in the Maltese Islands and it is home to many animals and plants (fauna and flora), so we should be aware and protect this semi-woodland. We should not litter this habitat; on the contrary we should take care of it. Buskett is the habitat of various species of flora, such as trees and different species of plants; some of them are endemic (which means that are found only in Malta, in this semi-natural woodland). Also different types of faunae are found in this habitat.



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Cory Shearwaters

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The Cory Shearwaters, Calonectris diomedea, or Ċiefa as known in Maltese, are seen out of their nests, which are located in the cliffs behind. Some of the Cory Sherwaters can be seen bathing in the water and enjoying the pleasant currents of the sea. Malta holds ten percent of the population of this type of bird. This photo was taken on a boat trip organised by Bird Life Malta which seeks to promote the well being of birds on the Maltese Islands. The boat visited the cliffs of Ta’Ċenċ and also its neighbouring cliffs. At the scene you are surrounded by birds and you can see dots, which are birds, as far as the eye can see.



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Birds

submitted by John Micallef Stafrace & Duncan Mifsud St Michael Foundation School for Biodiversity
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This video shows different species of birds which can be seen on the Maltese Islands. Such scenes have become very rare indeed!



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Birds on the Maltese Islands

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This article looks at some different species of birds that can be seen in our skies. The intention of this article is not only to create an awareness about such species but also to promote their protection.



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What will the Maltese Biodiversity look like in 10 Years’ Time?

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A local vehicle dumping debris in an abandoned field.



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