Buskett and Wied il-Luq

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Buskett is the most extensive area of coniferous woodland on the island, through which runs a valley of deciduous woodland (Wied il-Luq).

Key biodiversity
This area is one of the major known passage sites for birds of prey in the Maltese archipelago. Over 3,000 raptors pass regularly per season, with the site being especially important for roosting Pernis apivorus and Circus aeruginosus in autumn, and Falco tinnunculus, F. subbuteo and F. eleonorae also occur in notable numbers. The extensive undergrowth provides feeding sites for wintering passerines as well as many trans-Saharan autumn migrants.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Illegal bird-shooting is a serious problem. There is a management plan for the site.

Protected areas
National High International None30 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Buskett Gardens, 30 ha). 30 ha of IBA covered by Bird Sanctuary (Buskett Gardens, 30 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Buskett and Wied il-Luq. Downloaded from on 16/10/2021.