Bird trapping on the rise in Cyprus – an estimated 2.8 million birds killed in 2011

By BirdLife Europe, Wed, 16/05/2012 - 07:36

The latest monitoring results in Cyprus show that bird trapping with mist nets and limesticks continues to rise, threatening many migrants travelling through the Eastern Mediterranean Island.

BirdLife Cyprus has carried out monitoring of illegal trapping right through 2011 and discovered that 2.8 million birds have been victims of this practice during the year. It is the highest number of cases reported since BirdLife Cyprus’ campaign against the illegal killing of birds was launched ten years ago. This dramatic figure highlights the increasing trend in bird trapping in the country, which threatens to reverse all the progresses achieved in the first years of the new millennium. The campaign, supported by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), started in 2002.

Each year, BirdLife Cyprus has undertaken field surveys on trapping activities especially during the spring, the autumn and the winter in the country. It has also just produced a new report assessing trapping cases that happened during winter 2011-2012. It includes an overview on the situation and the ecological impact of illegal bird trapping in Cyprus, and a section on the latest survey results. BirdLife Cyprus calls upon the competent authorities, both from the Republic of Cyprus and the UK sovereign base areas, to adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ approach, if illegal bird trapping is to be stopped. Please find BirdLife Cyprus new report on winter trapping 2011-2012 here. For more information, please contact Tassos Shialis, Illegal Bird Killing Campaigns Officer at BirdLife Cyprus

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...thank-you eric for reminding us of the broader picture. although in a country as progressive as Cyprus I hope the consequences of such plunder is made a priority; education is an important factor.

Cyprus is committing a serious crime against both the birds and the other European nations. What is Europe doing to stop it?

By visiting Cyprus and letting the residents know that your visit is to see the many migrant and resident birds you will be helping spread the word that birds ARE important. Local people will better understand that tourism benefits them and that our birds are attracting tourists. Change the thoughts of the Cypriots. Supporting the local ornithological group by donations to help fund campaigns or membership to increase the weight of opinion against illegal trapping and poaching will greatly assist in discussions with Government departments. Staying away from Malta has not made much difference. By all means protest direct to the Government Departments, the Sovereign Bases and your EMP as well but be aware that there are successes too, with arrests having been made and hopefully prosecutions pending.

Just disgusting. I'll never will visit Cyprus for holidays! Perhaps it's time for a Malta like action?

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