CABS and BirdLife Cyprus are appalled at the illegal shootings of protected bird species in areas around Cyprus during the peak of bird migration.
While monitoring the Larnaca and Famagusta districts for signs of illegal bird trapping, staff and volunteers of the two organisations have recovered shot Bee-eaters in recent days. They also found two rare Corncrakes, one shot dead on the 1st of September and the other with shot and broken legs, struggling on the ground on the 4th of September, both in Kokkines area of Famagusta district.
In Larnaka district, the situation was no better. At Oroklini, volunteers discovered another bird massacre: on the ground around the shooter lay the bodies of a dozen House Sparrows and a House Martin. In Mazotos, a Common Kestrel was recovered injured and was handed over to a veterinarian. The x-ray showed a broken right wing and embedded pellet. Not far away in Aradippou, a number of hunters were illegally shooting warblers, using a tape lure with the blackcap call. In the same area, in a no hunting area, the BirdLife Cyprus field team came across shot Bee-eaters, a protected species like all the others mentioned here. At the same time, a CABS team discovered a poacher in Agios Theodoros, in a no hunting area, using a blackcap caller and a silencer installed on his shotgun to slaughter warblers. Concerned citizens have also been contacting the NGOs to report illegal shooting of protected bird species or report the illegal use of sound devices near their homes.