This report provides an update on the conservation status of the Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria altifrons) and Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) for review and consideration by the Malta Ornis Committee.
The conservation status of the two species is reviewed on the basis of current scientific literature, which also provides details of population size, mortality rates and migratory routes. An assessment of the Golden Plover at sub-specific level is also provided. It is shown that Golden Plovers migrating over the Maltese Islands are the sub- species Pluvialis apricaria altifrons from the Northeast European (West Continental) population and that the moderate historical decline refers to the nominate P. apricaria apricaria, which does not pass through Malta. The current update, based on the most recently available scientific literature, shows that both Pluvialis apricaria altifrons and Turdus philomelos continue to have a Favourable Conservation Status at the European, the EU27 and the reference population levels.
The assessment furthermore contains a review of the latest available population estimates of the species concerned, as well as determination of applicable annual mortality rates in accordance with the principles established in Commission’s Guide to Sustainable Hunting under the Birds Directive.Publication date: April 10, 2017