- Ta' Ghamajra

Ta’ Għamajra are a cluster of artificially constructed reservoirs, intended for irrigation and water storage, located within western Malta close to Ħad-Dingli. The reservoirs have been constructed out of limestone bricks and cement, and cover an approximate area of 1,110m2. The site is accessible from a dirt road, however, the reservoirs are located on privately-owned property. The reservoirs receive water via precipitation and from water pumped from the perched aquifer. The site is predominantly surrounded by agricultural land and the reservoirs are being used to irrigate these fields. No vegetation was present within or around the reservoirs. There is no data present regarding wildlife, however, goldfish and mosquito fish are present as noted during the field survey. The site is not protected by any legislation.

Wetland data

Basic information
Wetland location: Inland
Wetland type: Artificial
Wetland area: 0.10 Ha
Hydrological interaction: -  
Water salinity: Fresh (< 0.5 g/l)
Type of fresh water input: Karstic spring
Surface water runoff Outflow controlled by pipeline
Open water area (%): 76 - 95
Hydroperiod: Permanent
Geographic information
Census district: Western
Island: Malta
Local council: Had-Dingli
Longitude: 14.392000 East
Latitude: 35.864880 North
Biological significance
Biological significance: Low
Ramsar wetland type
Type Coverage (%)
6 -- Water storage areas; reservoirs/barrages/dams/impoundments (generally over 8 ha)
Property status
Wetland values
109 Food chain support
204 Agricultural resources
205 Water supply
Activities on wetland
Activity Intensity
020 = Resource conservation High
130 = Irrigation High
701 = water pollution High
Activities on catchment area
Activity Intensity
100 = Cultivation High
110 = Use of pesticides High
120 = Fertilisation High
130 = Irrigation High
422 = disposal of industrial waste Medium
430 = Agricultural structures High
440 = Storage of materials High
701 = water pollution High
Impact Intensity
EE- = Increase of economic potential High
ES- = Increase in water supply High
PF- = Fertilizer/Excess nutrient pollution High
PP- = Pesticide pollution
PU- = Increase of turbidity
Vegetation types
Type Coverage (%)
Emergent 5 - 25
Species Presence status References
Arundo donax