The fact that the Maltese Islands lack the landmass necessary for the natural occurence of large animals may give the casual observe the false impression that the Islands are devoid of terrestrial fauna. the fact is that for anyone who is prepared to take a close look, there is a whole world of small creatures to be seen. This book provides the information you will need, to know where to look, what to look for and how to identify a myriad of different species.
The insect world alone is a fascinating part of wildlife; insects amount to thousands in number and are often easy to find. Anyone who has been fascinated by the sight of Swallow-tail butterflies hovering over the colourful bouganvilla creeper surely must have had his appetite whetted for more knowledge of the world of insects.
Reptiles form an important part of our fauna including as they do, for snake and five lizard species, comprising the endemic wall lizard. A variety of other life forms such as slugs, snails, spiders and the endemic Maltese freshwater crab are also described and identified in this book.
Guido Bonett was born in Birkirkara in 1956. His interest in natural history was given a boost when as a chils he attended a British Forces school in Germany, and participated in various projects that dealt with the conservation of wildlife, such as building artificial ponds to help endangered newts and other aquatic life in the woods surrounding the school. When back in Malta his enthousiasm led him to meet and befriend the late Anthony Valletta, a well known entomologist, who further encouraged the study of local wildlife, especially insects. In the seventies he was for many years an active committee member of the Malta Ornithological Society, holding the post of public relations officer. His involment in the local conservation scene saw him represent the MOS in Strasbourg at a Council of Europe conference on the conservation of birds and other wildlife in Europe. His other interest in photography, and has managed to combine his two passions to produc photographic records of wildlife, both in Malta and abroad. With the recent advent of digital cameras his interest in nature photography was anhanced, and lately he was the winner of various competitions, including the “O&V Photographic Portfolio Competition monochrome section), The Malta Photographic Services Nature Competion 2004, The malta Photographic Society Annual Club Competition 2003/04 “Canon Trophy” and the “Malta Aquarist Society Award”. He is married to Jane, and was two children Matthew and Sarah.
Joe Attard was born in Birkirkara in 1956. In his youth he was extensively involved in various voluntary organizations, in particular the youth section if Din l-Art elwa and the Civic Commitee of the Teens and Twenties Talent Trust (4T’s). It was during this period that his interest in the Maltese coumtryside took root, an interest that with the passage of time grew into strongly felt need to record for posterity the richness of the Maltese flora and fauna. However, besides recording what is still to be found around us, Joe is also a strong believer in giving nature a helping hand. He has actively engaged himself in afforestation projects and was one of the pioneers in tree planting activities in such localties such as L-Aharr and Mizieb. Joe has also steeped himself in Maltese folklore and traditions, especially those pertaining to fishing and agriculture. Joe is married to Annette, and has four children, Nicky, Karl, Stuat and John.