We arrived there at mid-morning, but to our disappointment we could not even spot one single specimen! even after walking for about two hours around the Island.
Although, we have observed some other fast running animals, but unfortunally, they were rats, and plenty of them.
This sub-species has been studied during the last years, and its decline was clearly noticed. The most probable culprit is rats which were introduced by man.
It would be a shame to loose an endemic reptile from our islands, so immediate care should be taken.[/i]
Thanks for thr post (first for the lizards!)
Is your friend a member of the forum?
They do not usually hibernate in our islands, as the temp. is not so cold, although you are right when saying that their activity decreases during the cold months.
When compared to results of the no. of lizards spotted in winter for previous years, there was a 100% decrease. (even if only 1 was spotted in a previous year)
I think that the authorities should make an effort to save flora and fauna in our islands, as this is not the only case. They surely know what is in danger of extintion and what isn't.
1) How did you get there, through a friends' boat?
2) Have you seen Oxalis pes-caprae there?
3) Any particular plant which is quite rare in Malta but very common on that island ?! (Probably difficult to say!)
It was fine in the morning as the current favoured us, but the sea got rougher in the afternoon so we found it very difficult to paddle back. Fortunately enough, a small motor boat passed by and towed us to mistra half way through
The vegetation on that island is constantly on the increase, as rabbits got wiped out of there about 30 years ago. (correct me if I'm wrong here!)
There are enormous ammounts of Narcis growing next to each other, especially in the abbandoned fields, and also there were large numbers of Ghansar.
The other side of the island is quite rocky and only pockets of soil are available for plants to grow in. The vegetation there was typically coastal, as the land lies close to sea level and is subject to sea spray.
Regards rare species, I dont know as I'm not that much into plants, but I assume that there might be something interesting for you there! I recomand that you should go and check it out.
How rare is the formation of the fruit (and seeds) of Oxalis Pes-caprae? Is it common enough so that the incidence of crossing the gap between the two islands can occur (of course, assuming that there was no human interference) ? What about Filfla, where the distances to be covered are larger and human interference is less? If I remeber correctly it is present on Comino right?Ke!tH wrote:Everywhere on our Islands is covered with Oxalis pes-caprae.
St. Pauls is surely not an exception!
Adriano wrote:How rare is the formation of the fruit (and seeds) of Oxalis Pes-caprae? Is it common enough so that the incidence of crossing the gap between the two islands can occur (of course, assuming that there was no human interference) ? What about Filfla, where the distances to be covered are larger and human interference is less? If I remeber correctly it is present on Comino right?Ke!tH wrote:Everywhere on our Islands is covered with Oxalis pes-caprae.
St. Pauls is surely not an exception!
Hi Adriano! I have exactly your questions about oxalis for few years now and I have not arrived to a conclusion, but I have some hypothesis. You can read all this in a dedicated thread on the forum:
Invasiveness of the Bermuda Buttercup
I would prefer that our discussion regards Oxalis will be continued on that thread to keep things to the subject.
You may have seen the article in times last week re selmunett lizard....apparently the species could be extinct by now and the clever dicks at MEPA are finally reacting ( a knee-jerk reaction if there ever was one ! ) and calling in ghostbusters - er sorry Comtec !
About bloody time too ...
The selmunett lizard was known to be endangered for few decades and what have Mepa did recentely to try and safeguard this endemic lizard??? Any reports??
Given that the authorities have been kept informed about the rapid, progressive decline of the subspecific lizard population at Selmunett it is indeed disgraceful that things had to go so far before anything concrete is done. While it is true that conservation action should be based on research and monitoring, endangered populations will not wait at our convenience.
Now thanks to the inertia of those who should know better the fate of the selmunett lizard is hinged on whether a very small ex situ population, which contains a limited amount of genetic diversity (given the small number of individuals) will breed successfully in captivity.
In conservation, the more populations are allowed to decline, the more expensive it becomes to save them, and the less likely are the chances of success. However it seems that the powers that be are unaware of this simple fact
but I suppose the authority entrusted with conserving our biodiversity is still drawing reports on this ...
Numerous studies, thesis, research, etc but still we are on the point of loosing an (sub-)endemic lizard.
Again the problem is that our general culture is not env-conservative. How much % of the Maltese would you think know about this fact or that they are sorry or care about it? - maybe 0.0000....1%
Whereas when a wooden cross was broken at Valletta church, the news seemed to be so alarming that ended up TVM news with a further discusssion in Xarabank!
Fl-isem tal Missier u ta l-iben...