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GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES AUTUMN 2014 TURTLE DOVE AND QUAIL MIGRATION STUDY REPORT AND AUTUMN HUNTING BAG DATA

Reference Number: PR150431, Press Release Issue Date: Mar 02, 2015
 

​The Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights is publishing the final report of an independent scientific study of migratory influx of Turtle Dove and Quails during September and October 2014.

The study estimated that a total 7,956 Turtle Doves and 45,683 Quails migrated over the Maltese Islands during the months of September and October 2014. During three weeks in April 2014, when an identical study was also conducted, some 24,922 Turtle Doves and 37,773 Quails were observed. This indicates that the extent of migratory influx during spring is higher than the migration in autumn.
Field observations were made at 21 field monitoring sites located at various strategic positions around the Maltese Islands.

Carnet de Chasse
According to Carnet de Chasse data for 2014 analysed by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, some 2,480 Turtle Doves and 1,688 Quails were reported as hunted during last year’s autumn season. 6,746 hunters out of the total 10,811 licensed persons did not report any Turtle Dove or Quail catches during the autumn season. Reported bags were lower than those reported for previous years, due to poor extent of autumn migration, and the fact that last year’s season was suspended between the 20th of September and the 11th of October.

The following figure depicts reported catches of both species during autumn seasons since 2002:


Note 1: 2002-2005 figures included both hunting and trapping

Note 2: Autumn season was suspended between 20th September and 11th October 2014