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Wied Hanzira & Wied Imgarr ix-Xini, Gozo - 26th Mar 06

 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject: Wied Hanzira & Wied Imgarr ix-Xini, Gozo - 26th Mar 06

I would like to announce the next gathering and event organised by the MaltaWildPlants.com forum for all its members.

We are going to explore the flora, maybe some some caves, and any fauna that comes in the way from a beautiul large valley - Wied hanzira, Gozo. Those not interested should come for the panoramic views !! Good chances to meet adonis microcarpa and some scarce Orchids.


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Here are the event details:


Date: Sunday 26th March 2006

Meeting Site: Xewkija Parish Church (Gozo)

Time: 10:00 am (Punctual!)

Walking Plan: Wied Hanzira and back.

Duration: Full day (late afternoon)

Difficulty Level: Medium - Could be hot, Some high plataeus, spiny shrubs in the way,

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The event will be confirmed or cancelled depending weather conditions on saturday evening (24th March), but at this time it is quite safe weather. Those who had not yet informed me please do so if you are coming or not so as we know whom we should expect and wait.

Please bring necessary food and drinks and wear according weather. I will guide you around so this time no racing Hope we dont meet a lot of nasty bird hunters. In Dec there wheren't any. Binoculars would be a great idea if you have any.


That's all

CU Sunday

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:48 pm    Post subject:

Can somebody pick me up in B'kara on sunday? Please leave phone number.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject:

I will not be able to attend cause sitting in the plane
Also, I will not have email connection during the next 2 weeks
Looking forward to meet some of you (Sdravko knows where we are each day)-
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject:

Sdravko, I sent you an email on friday evening...
Hope we meet!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 5:51 pm    Post subject:

"Buon Voyage" respected professor Weber


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:45 am    Post subject:

so how did it go mwp?
in gozo everyone said it is not easy to walk this valley.
went there friday but walked mostly on the cliff face on the xewkija side - beautiful. met one womam who walked through a few years back but said lots of rubus
website and forum still problematic mwp ....

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:36 am    Post subject:

I leave the other members to comment this time
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject:

It was an excellent walk. We started descending into the valley at around 10.30am and we finished at around 4pm.
In the middle of the walk, Stravko appeared out of the blue - just to start discovering the most exciting species.

We descended into the valley first then crossed to the Ta' Cenc side. We continued on this side enjoying the view of a large dam and then we continued on the slopes of Mgarr ix-Xini valley till we ended on the road leading to the bay itself.
Then we started ascending on the Xewkija side of the valley till arriving at Xewkija itself.

Beautiful valley with lots of rare species. I will send pics privately if you wish.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject:

Basically pine gave a good summary. Thanks as I'm not in the mood to write long reports.

Pine, you can submit photos here instead privately - it makes the forum interesting to the others who did not come.

Wolf here are some species we met:

Elatine gussonei
Ranunculus sauniculaefolius
Ophrys speculum
Stachys ocymastrum
Ononis biflora
Convolvulus sicula
Biscutella didyma
Muscari neglectum
Antirrhinum majus hybrid.jpg (Very nice pink)
Antirrhinum_majus albino
Umbilicus horizontalis (unless it was rupestre)
Damasonium bourgiaei
Crassula vaillantii
Crataegus spp.
Vicia leucantha
Cynoglossum creticus
Glebionis segatum


Many different fabacea species impossible to mention all (the common ones mainly except those mentioned above)

Not bad hux! It was a very beautiful event (the best one so far) as I promised. The walk was a balance between exploration, easy walking, short rests, and nice panoramic views over the huge valley. I am sure we lost calories like you! (so you could have come too for that reason)

Very interesting is that there was not much nuissance - some motorbikes near the bay and >>>only<<< 2 bird trappers in the whole costal area, who were rather friendly.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject:

Tomorrow I post some post of the general event
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject:

Here are some pics hehe


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:54 pm    Post subject:

Another 2


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:50 am    Post subject:

you sound offended mwp... only time I can access forum right now is morning ...but at 7a, I go to work
makes communication difficult

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:14 am    Post subject:

Not offended, but if we start sending private messages to each other the scope of the forum is lost. Don't you think so?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject:

I just wanted to post pics privately not to fill a page full of pics, ghall-ghazz insomma

Forum for me did not work on Saturday. Otherwise it is working fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:49 pm    Post subject:

The post is nice now with lots of pics. The activity was so intense that I cannot write a full descriptive post like the others. I shall add more personal ones soon.

Keep tuned

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:45 pm    Post subject: SOme more photos

Read the description under the corresponding photo .


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject:

The picture called photosession looks like we are posing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject:

The flowers were posing for you and you were posing for me
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:50 pm    Post subject:

Heh! At first I thought Sdravko was photographing Robcar

At least it was worthed!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: spartium junceum

Hi, by any chance did you ever come across Spartium junceum here? I once heard of it being in the valley of Mgarr ix xini but never saw it myself despite having been there many times.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:24 am    Post subject:

Welcome aboard Lisa. Very glad having someone supporting naturetrust and Cetfree.

We were not much in the valley bed in this walk (still was wet). Nevertheless we have not met Spartium junceum in this event.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 3:58 pm    Post subject:

As MWP said we did not descend into the valley itself. Thus we did not meet Spartium junceum or Silene fruticosa. A list of many species is seen on the page 1 of the topic along with some of the photographs.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 10:15 pm    Post subject:

thanks.
just for info we had found the genista in Kalkara valley when we first did an initial quick study on the valley to try stop its destruction

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