Hi everyone, today I’m going to share with you my exploration of the Is Simar Nature Reserve!

Have a quick look on where it is located the reserve, click on the red pin for more info 😉

Is Simar Nature Reserve

Is Simar Nature Reserve is located in triq il-Pwales, Xemxija, next to the Pit Stop kiosk. It is easy to get here by bus going towards Cirkewwa or coming back towards St Paul’s Bay. Bus numbers: 41, 42, 48, 221, 222, X1. Bus stops ‘Roti’ and ‘Simar’. 

Discover is Simar it was an exciting surprise for me. Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world at only 316km/s, with more than 460.000 inhabitants it is also one of the most densely populated.

Malta is not scared by her tiny measures, because despite her dimension she can show us a millenary story. She actually hosted Neolitic people who were mystically able to build the oldest free standing structures in the world (click here). She welcomed all the ancient civilization of the Mediterranean who left their own mark, shaping the Maltese territory and culture.

Moreover, Malta was a passageway for animals and then for humans, as it was discovered in Ghar Dalam click here

So Malta always was a nature reserve for forests and biodiversity, who can read nature can know more about the history of planet Earth.

That’s why more than 50 years ago, kind volunteers of BirdLife created what is today the oldest environmental NGO organisation in Malta, to protect the Maltese natural environment that still hosts resident and migratory birds.

Away form the traffic of the Xemxija road this is my first experience of Is Simar, enter the peacefulness of a reserve, protected by man and inhabitate by nature.  

This bird sancturay comes from a neglected area in the Pwales valley. It was a marsh area used mostly as a dump since the volunteers of BirdLife Malta restored it, building up what is now a Special Area of Conservation within the EU Natura 2000 network and Ramsar protected site.

Here a nice video from the BirdLife Malta YouTube Channel on “Who are we?” that explains better the purpose and the work of the Association.

When I explored the reserve I found a series of nice and interesting displays scattered all around the passageways and on trees and plants. It was like a treasure hunting where you had to guess quiz answers.

This is part of the educational programs that the volunteers offer to kids and families, a true enjoyment and a way to know more about our nature.

It seemed to me like a walk in a fairy tale setting, every passageway was leading into the peacefulness, the sounds and the coulours of the sourrounding. I loved walking around this network of pools and canals.

It also gave me the opportunity to see his majesty, the National Tree called Sandarac Gum… Beautiful and rare!

Then I found the bird watching spot and I met Timmy, a young volunteer with a great passion and knowledge for bird life. He told me that in Malta during migration periods, birds from at least 47 countries from Europe and Africa pass over Malta!

So just sit in peace, be silent and patiently let nature tell you her journeys 😉

Is Simar is open from November to May, every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Free entrance. For more info click here

Close to Is Simar Nature Reserve you can go for another great exploration along the Roman Road and experience the Xemxija Heritage Trail, click here