Illegal shooting and trapping of birds is a persistent problem in Cyprus - one that BirdLife Cyprus spends a lot of its time and energy campaigning on. But we need your help if we are to be more effective in combating this problem: 'be our eyes and ears'.
Why you need to report poaching:
Poaching poses a threat for birds (and other wildlife) and the public. Poaching (especially during the breeding season) can decrease bird populations and drive rare species towards extinction. Shooting in built-up areas or near isolated houses as well as shooting from moving vehicles can be dangerous.
If you have witnessed any violations of the hunting law then please report these to the relevant authorities at once.
Hunting regulations and numbers of relevant authorities can be found here.
Please also let BirdLife Cyprus know, so we can keep track of the problem and increase our pressure for effective enforcement action. A standard form for reporting poaching incidents to BirdLife Cyprus can be found here.
You can send completed forms to us by post (P.O. Box 12026, Nicosia 2340), email email@example.com or fax 22 455 073. We can then use your information to add to our data from systematic monitoring of bird trapping activity (ongoing since 2002) and update the relevant authorities (Game Fund).
Photo: BirdLife Cyprus