In the Clubhouse

The RMGC Board of Management recognises it has a social and moral responsibility to protect and improve the environment that is our golf club.

The environment committee was established to:

  • Develop an environmental policy for the club
  • Enhance awareness of the key issues among employees, members, and guests, as well as
  • Ensure we are in line with the local and EU legislation

Further, the Environmental Committee is mandated to maintain and implement the RMGC’s Environmental policy and develop continuous operational & economic improvements.

Our work is based on the RMGC’s 2012 Environmental Policy document which you can access here this has been subsequently developed into RMGC Policy #19.
Ultimately it is our objective that you also will get involved which can only benefit the club, our members, and employees as well as the larger family that is Malta.
The environment Committee is represented by.
Beverley Hall, Board of Management member and Phil Luxon, RMGC GM.

Cattle Egret

Maltese name:Agrett tal-Bhejjem

Cattle Egrets have been seen near Hole 9 of the golf course in late spring. Look out for them in the treetops.

The cattle egret is a stocky heron with about 90cm wingspan; it is about 50 cm long with a relatively short thick neck, a sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The non-breeding adult has a mainly white plumage, a yellow bill and greyish- yellow legs. During the breeding season, adults develop orange-buff plumes. It can be found worldwide and is not endangered. (Unless hunters take a pot-shot at it…!!)

Collared Dove

Maltese Name: Gamiena tal-Kullar

Very common on the golf course, in the trees.

The collared Dove is a medium sized dove, slightly larger than the related Turtle Dove. It is grey-buff to pinkish-grey overall, named for its black half-collar edged with white.
The Collared Dove is not migratory. Collared Doves typically breed close to human habitation wherever food resources are abundant and there are trees for nesting. It lays two white eggs in a stick nest; it is not wary and often feeds close to human habitation, including visiting bird tables. The song is a coo-Coo-coo, repeated many times.
The first breeding record of Collared Doves in Malta was in 2003, when a nest with 2 chicks was observed at Santa Maria Estate. The population at Santa maria Estate increased rapidly and Collared Doves can now be seen throughout the Maltese Islands.

White Wagtail

Maltese name: Zakak Abjad

White wagtails are common winter visitors, arriving October and staying until early spring when they start to migrate back to Europe.

It’s slightly bigger than a sparrow with a long distinctive tail, a whitish face and belly with a black, chin, throat, and breast. It feeds actively from the ground, roofs or from near water walking for small molluscs or seeds or occasionally flying to catch flies and insects. It has a distinctive “tissik” call in flight. This bird walks around and does not hop like other small birds.
The primary site in Malta is in Grandmaster Square, Valletta. Each year a roost count is made. In 2010 volunteers counted more than 7500 birds flying in the roost.
They visit our golf course frequently as well!

Mimosa Trees

This one is near 8th tee.

The mimosa was first described by the renowned Swedish botanist, carl Linnaeus in 1773 in Africa. Australia holds the record number of types of mimosa- some 950 out of 1,300.

The mimosa has spread to almost any part of the world that offers a warm, temperate climate whether tropical or quite arid, as here in Malta.
So, while not a native, it’s very much at home, and a welcome alternative to the golden yellow of our ubiquitous stone. Set against spring green, they are majestic and brilliant yellow.

Sandarac Tree

The National Tree of Malta

Malta’s national tree is the Sandarac Gum Tree, Known in Maltese as Is-Siġra tal-Għargħar.
Some hundred years ago this tree used to cover large tracts of land but nowadays only a relatively few specimens remain in the wild.
The Sandarac Gum tree is an evergreen tree which is capable of growing 6 to 15m in height.

We have several specimens of this fairly rare tree on the left-hand side of the fairway on hole 9.

Marsh Harrier

Maltese name: Bagħdan Aħmar

Visible hovering over lagoon near Hole 8, seeking prey.

The Marsh Harrier is the largest and heaviest Harrier, with the shortest tail. The male is distinctive pale grey with dark tips underneath and reddish back and body. The female is dark brown with golden patches. The Marsh Harrier spends most of its life hunting around marshes, its diet consists mainly of waterside birds and animals such as voles, moles and rabbits.
A common Migrant, in spring and autumn.
An exceptionally good year was 2002 when on a peak day roughly 1000 Marsh Harrier as were seen.
A good place to see Marsh Harriers is around the airport.
In autumn Buskett is the place to see migrating and roosting Marsh Harriers.

House Martin

Maltese Name Ħawwiefa.

See them swooping over our greens, hunting insects in flight!

The House Martin is a black and white swallow-like bird with triangular wings and forked tail. It has blackish upperparts with a white rump and hunts insects in flight. It is a summer breeder in Europe, and it winters in tropical Africa.
A very common autumn and spring migrant, it is seen in singles or flocks. Sometimes flocks of hundreds if not thousands pass through.
It is a very rare breeder in Malta. In 1981, 2 pairs bred under a balcony in Mosta, in 1982 a pair bred under the clock of the cathedral of Mdina and another pair on the island of Filfla.
House Martins are the first migrants to appear every spring. Regular and very common from March till May and in autumn from September till October.

The Primrose Tree

Maltese: Lagunarja

This tree flowers in May/June on Holes 8, 9, 10 and 11.

We have 34 examples of the Primrose Tree.
It is an ornamental tree and is not a protected species.
This tree likes full sun, does not need much water and is wind and salt-tolerant making it a good choice for our golf course conditions. It is a water saving plant.
It originates from Australia and is also known as the Norfolk Island Hibiscus.

The Indian Coral Tree- Hole 11

This tree flowers in March/ April. It is located on the right side of the fairway on Hole 11. The Indian Coral is an ornamental tree and is not protected species.

Many birds visit the nectar rich Erythina flowers. In the tropics, these are usually hummingbirds. The seeds are eaten by many birds.S

Photo credit to Birdlife Malta