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Title: Vulnerabilities of migratory avifauna across the central Mediterranean
Authors: Inguanez, Keith
Keywords: Migratory birds -- Mediterranean Region
Migratory birds -- Effect of human beings on -- Mediterranean Region
Geographic information systems
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: The aims of this study are to research and evaluate the different vulnerabilities and potential impacts which avifauna encounter during migration across the central Mediterranean. Six elements deemed to provide direct or indirect risks, challenges or impacts, to migratory avifauna, will be researched thoroughly and analysed. These include; 1. Poisoning 2. Fragmentation 3. Climate change 4. Illegal hunting 5. Light pollution 6. Road kill In order to study these threats, an online questionnaire was formed using Google Forms and this was distributed in many social groups in order to try and avoid bias. The results were then analysed using a method known as ‗thematic coding‘. Interviews were held with specific people who had extensive experience in bird migration and management. These included the head of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit Mr. Sergei Golovkin, Mr. John Borg the curator of the National Museum of Natural History and member of BirdLife Malta and the president of the Federation for Hunting and Conservation Mr. Joe Perici Calascione. 6 images were created using ArcGIS showing the present urbanisation surrounding the Ghadira and Simar Nature Reserves and that of the Buskett Gardens and the urbanisation created post 1998. The findings from the analysed results showed that the public‘s views were that the most significant threats to migratory avifauna in the Maltese Islands were; habitat fragmentation followed by pesticides and illegal hunting. According to the 3 specific interviewees the most significant threats were habitat destruction followed by light pollution and illegal hunting. It was concluded that the overall most significant threat to migratory avifauna in the central Mediterranean and especially in the Maltese Islands was habitat fragmentation, followed by illegal hunting and light pollution.
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