Simar Nature Reserve

North  >  Malta

One of the Maltese smallest wetlands measuring around three hectares with stretches of open water, small islands, Tamarisk thicket cover and reeds.

Added by Nathaniel Attard


BirdLife Malta's Simar Nature Reserve is located at the end of a shallow valley just opposite the sea and surrounded by rich agricultural land.

Despite its small size the site is rich in the variety of species one can record with special emphasis on reed dwelling and water-loving species. Flocks of herons and egrets settle during migration whilst small numbers of waterfowl also occasionally winter. Ideal for observing smaller species like Little Crake and Spotted Crake, Water Rail and Common Snipe.



Parking space is available along the road lining part of the reserve. The reserve can be reached by car and also by bus. It is located on Triq il-Pwales, Xemxija and is accessible from bus stops ‘Roti’ and ‘Simar’ on the routes 41, 42, 221, 222, X1.

The reserve has a visitors centre and a nature trail leading to a number of birdwatching hides. It can only be explored on foot.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Reedbeds



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

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

Please check our website below for updated opening hours which vary according to season. We can also be reached on +356 7953 8122.


Birdingplaces Near

Salina Nature Reserve (http://bit.ly/SalinaNatureReserve) and Għadira Nature Reserve (http://bit.ly/GħadiraNatureReserve)

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