Għadira Nature Reserve

North  >  Malta

BirdLife Malta's Għadira Nature Reserve is a fully protected bird sanctuary, a Ramsar site, and a Special Area of Conservation within the Natura 2000 network.

Added by Nathaniel Attard


Formerly salt pans, the area is a low lying wetland with brackish water and muddy shores surrounded by small agricultural pockets of land and also touristic amenities. Small pockets of reeds provide welcome cover to the occasional waterfowl using the site. Management works on the wetland also resulted in the site being the only regular breeding grounds for Little Ringed Plover and Black-winged Stilt.

Created in the early 1980s and located close to the largest and busiest beach in the Maltese Islands this small wetland is also a haven for migrating herons, egrets and waders. The numerous artificially-created small islands provide feeding grounds for good numbers of waders whilst the trees lining the paths offer a good variety of passerine species, especially in the spring and autumn migrations.



The nature reserve is next to a main road in which one can park. Upon accessing the reserve, visitors can get an idea of the site from the visitors centre and then walk a nature trail to a small birdwatching hide located 15 minutes away on foot.

The reserve is located on Triq Il-Marfa, past the Mellieħa Holiday Centre and over the roundabout.

For those arriving by bus, the reserve is accessible from bus stop ‘Għadira’ on the routes 37, 41, 42, 221, 222, X1.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Mud flats, Sea, Dunes


Flat, Sandy

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Spring


Wide path

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

The reserve is open between September and May. We are open on Mondays & Thursdays in the afternoons, and on Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm. Entrance to the reserve is free of charge but donations are welcome.

We also offer photography hide booking slots. This facility provides photographers the with a unique chance of capturing some fantastic shots.

Please check our website below for more details and updated opening hours. You can also contact us on +356 7955 4347.


Birdingplaces Near

Foresta 2000 Nature Reserve ( http://bit.ly/Foresta2000NatureReserve)

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