Together with BirdLife International, the NGO works in a variety of fields including research, education, campaigning and engaging Maltese people to ensure a natural legacy for future generations. The Melita Foundation is supporting BirdLife Malta in transforming a building situated along the Simar Nature Reserve nature trail, into a research centre for the visiting public, including school children. Entrance to Simar Nature Reserve is free and is open to the public on most days of the year.
The building will be set up with a number of small desks equipped with microscopes, a water quality testing centre and information about the other fauna species that inhabit the pool area (like fish, shrimps and other insects). This will provide a hands-on area in which children and adults alike can immerse themselves into the different aspects of research which is crucially important when running a nature reserve, and to successfully disseminate environmental education.
Thanks to this research centre, school children and the visiting public will have the research as an added highlight to their trip to the reserve, thus adding the value of learning some environmental science during every visit.