Maltese hunters voluntarily did not hunt turtle doves this spring, with poachers facing large fines. The island’s hunters won a referendum on hunting two years ago. Since then, it has worked hard to stamp out illegal hunting. This film by local bird rights activist shows a poacher retrieving a stone curlew. He was later fined €5,000 and banned from hunting for life. The spring quail season went ahead, with the island’s 15,000 hunters recording a bag of just 15 birds.