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Adapted from Malta, Gozo & Comino: Off the Beaten Track  -  a Nature Trust publication 2002


  1. Refrain from collecting or causing harm to  any specimens of flora, fauna, geological items such as fossils and stalactites or archaeological artefacts.
  2. Respect natural habitats, sensitive sites and the local inhabitants. Tread lightly and avoid  disturbance.
  3. Avoid causing noise and light pollution (especially in caves or at night)
  4. Do not dispose of any waste in the countryside or sea
  5. Do not light fires in vulnerable locations such as caves, beneath trees, on dry grass or garrigue areas
  6. Keep to paths where possible – avoid trespassing on defined private property and cultivated fields.
  7. Avoid trampling
  8. Be informed beforehand of the protection status of any sites you will be passing through – some activities may be restricted in such areas or at least they may require extra attention upon visiting
  9. Report any grass fires or emergencies on 112
  10. Enjoy the countryside!

Important telephone numbers:


  Emergencies, Fire, Police: 112

  Police: 2122 4001

  Administrative Law Enforcement MALTA: 2122 4001 or 21235761

  Administrative Law Enforcement GOZO: 21562040


Report illegal development to MEPA: 2123 1159             

 Emergency Service:
Malta: 9926 9926  Gozo: 9924 9924

MEPA Nature Protection: 7949 6320

MEPA Pollution Control: 9921 9991


If you encounter injured wildlife contact immediately International Animal Rescue Malta (Mr Max Farrugia mobile: 9947 1212)


If you encounter marine wildlife (injured/stranded/dead) contact Nature Trust’s Marine Rescue Team on 9942 2085/6.

Report sightings of marine mammals, reptiles and sharks to Nature Trust on 9942 2085/6 or


For weekend emergencies i.c.w injured pet animals such as cats and dogs contact the Vet Emergency Service on 50043888

Be extremely cautious when handling injured animals!


Report archaeological findings to:

Nathaniel Cutajar, Acting Superintendent of Cultural Heritage, 138, Melita Street, Valletta. VLT 08. Tel. +356 21 230711; +356 21 251874; Fax. +356 21 251140



The bulbous plants impatiently reach out.
The life awaiting underground,
In every crack,
Blooms above ...
As in a dance of love.
                                                             (A. Falzon)