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(with J. Borg) Our Nature, Our Heritage! A Field Study Guide. 2002. Ministry of Agriculture, Malta. 52 pp. ISBN 9932-0-204-5.

Available from: BDL, 487 Triq Manché, Pembroke, STJ 07, Malta. Email:
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This is the third booklet in the LET'S GO series. The first two described very beautiful and interesting places, Chadwick Lakes and Wied il-Lunziata, and activities to help understand and learn more about nature. They are written particularly for schools and families, though people of all ages will, it is hoped, enjoy them.

'Let's Go and Look After Our Nature, Our Heritage!', however, is to help people create and maintain Heritage Places, places exhibiting some aspects of Malta's and Gozo's rich heritage - whether water channels, trees, wild flowers, courtyards or farm tools.

Chapter One, Introduction, Chapter Two, The Law, and Chapter Three, What is there now? should be read by everyone. Then, if readers know what they want, they can go direct to the relevant text. This can be found using the Contents page, and the captions in the side boxes in the text. At the end are listed Organisations to go to for help, and Reference books and other literature. It is necessary to know the law, and the law always contains some surprises. So Chapter Two should be read. Whatever the type of Heritage Place wanted, the site may in fact contain other things as well - a shrubby maquis may have valuable stonework or outcropping rock, and it is important to discover this, and treat it properly. Therefore Chapter Three should also be read.

Anyone, old or young, group or alone, can make a Heritage Place. Yourself - as an amateur or part-time farmer? Your Cub Scout pack or Guide Company? Your school class or church group? Your family? Indeed, if you have a large garden, could part be a Wildlife Garden or a Museum? Let others see and understand the Heritage Place, and use it to illuminate Malta's traditions and past.

The loss of our heritage by development, by pollution and by disturbance is horrifying.


Foreword, Preface
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two: The Law.
Land Ownership; access; walls and other country stonework; trees; tadpoles and frogs; pollution; canes; Appendices: 1 Protected trees, 2 Protected areas.
Chapter three: What is there now? Introduction; the built environment; the natural environment - rock, soil, water, vegetation (trees, water and wetland plants, other characteristic habitats, ruderal species, edge effects, field crops), animals; the invisible cultural environment.
Chapter four: To begin with, plan. Introduction, constraints; description and explanation; Design, parts 1 and 2.
Chapter five: The natural heritage of rock, lichens and soil. Rock; lichens; soil.
Chapter six: The natural heritage of vegetation. Introduction; waste ground; plotting change; biodiversity; making pools for water and wetland habitats; growing plants from the wild; sources of grown plants; compost; which plants?
Chapter seven: Agricultural heritage. Introduction; compost and mulch; keep water and crops clean; maintain stonework, and wood; which field crops? good practice and integrated pest management (including buffer strips); bee-keeping; wildflower gardens; agro-tourism.
Chapter eight: Built and invisible cultural heritage. Introduction; restoration and building; design; notes for farmers; museums - corbelled huts and farmer's rooms; water heritage; drainage features; landscape features; right to water; right of way; right to graze and collect fuel; right to private land; custom to hunt and trap birds; custom of pilgrimage; custom of lighting fires; custom of art and literature; right of Government and Local Council; conclusions.
Chapter nine: Damage.
Chapter ten: Benefits.

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