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Life Saving Buskett Project

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Through the project intervention, Ambjent Malta managed to rehabilitate a Natura 2000 site, working on nature conservation to further assist with species and habitats protection.

These achievements were accomplished through the following works:
  • Retaining walls and arched buttresses along the watercourse have been repaired, restored and/or rebuilt. This action was fundamental as these walls served as the main soil stabilisation measure, apart from consolidating the definition of the watercourse itself which reduced the deposition and sedimentation of soil and debris in the watercourse flowing down from the valley sides.
  • Signs to guide visitors in proximity to the watercourse have been fixed on site. These also include signs to inform and educate visitors on the targeted areas. Soil stabilisation measures included the repairing, restoring/rebuilding of soil-retaining walls along the watercourse, the placing of biodegradable geotextile material and mulches over exposed areas, as well as dead wood serving as obstruction structures.
  • The actions at the upper sides of the valley have complemented the interventions along the watercourse since the downslope movement of soil and debris has been addressed at various levels on the sides of the valley.
  • Selective removal of silt and boulders from various areas of the watercourse. This accumulated material was negatively affecting the targeted habitats, and as such was completed with works mostly done by hand in order to minimise damage to the existing flora and fauna.
  • Removal of alien species that were competing with native species was undertaken and followed by the planting of new trees characteristic of the targeted habitats.

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 Targeted Habitat

• 4,231 m² of habitat 5230
• 14,076 m² habitat 92A0
• 7,441 m² of habitat 9320
• 2,330 m² of habitat 9340
• 3,432m² of habitat 9540
 
Through the following works which were undertaken.

  • 554m³ along a stretch of 176metres of dry stone ashlar wall along the watercourse was repaired/restored/rebuilt.
  • 317m³ along a stretch of 176metres of dry stone rubble wall along the watercourse was rebuilt. 
  • 49 arched buttresses along the watercourse that had collapsed or were in danger of collapsing have been rebuilt. 
  • 2971m² of habitat 5230 and 12,629m2 of habitat 92A0 safeguarded from the danger posed by the state of the walls. 
  • 17,149m³ in volume along stretches of 6,297 metres in length of dry stone rubble walls along the watercourse and further up the valley sides have been repaired/restored/ rebuilt. 
  • 4,499m³ in volume along stretches of 1,020 metres in length of dry stone ashlar walls along the watercourse and higher up the valley sides repaired/restored/rebuilt. 

Geotextile material, mulches and dead wood added on site. 


Targeted Habitat 
  • 2,971m² of habitat 5230
  • 14,076 m² of habitat 92A0
 
 
Through the following works which were undertaken.
  •  1,208m (area 9023m²) of the watercourse cleared of silt/boulders.
 
 
Invasive species
  •  241,742m² Identified invasive species namely Ailanthus altissima, Vitis sp, Agave sp and Ricinus communis), have been removed in their totality to protect:
  •  4,231 m² of habitat 5230
  •  14,076m² of habitat 92A0
  •  7,441m² of habitat 9320
  •  2,330 m² of habitat 9340
  •  76,478m² of habitat 9540 

Newly planted trees
  • 3,300 trees characteristic of the targeted habitats were planted which include the following species:
  • Populus alba, Ulmus canescens, Fraxinus angustifolia, Salix alba and Salix pedicellata, Ceratonia Siliqua, Olea europaea, Pinus halepensis, and Laurus nobilis and Pistacia lentiscus, Rubus ulmifolius, Hedera helix.


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