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Making history in the fight against poison use, a serious wildlife crime

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New threat for the Mediterranean Monk Seal at Pentakomo

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We call on EU decision makers to bring back nature

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Akrotiri Spring Festival

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The health of the Cyprus countryside through the birds’ perspective

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14 more Griffon Vultures have arrived from Spain

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“Μελετώντας τα Χελιδόνια, τους φτερωτούς μας γείτονες”, ένα πρόγραμμα επιστήμης των πολιτών για μαθητές Δημοτικής

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Bird trapping with nets continues to decline, limestick use levels worrying

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Ένα ικανοποιητικό Τοπικό Σχέδιο Ακάμα

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Lead ammunition finally banned from wetlands across the EU

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Αντίδραση BirdLife Cyprus για τις κινητοποιήσεις λατόμων στην Επαρχία Πάφου

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A first for Cyprus: €21,000 fine imposed for wildlife poisoning

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Κοινή δήλωση για το Τοπικό Σχέδιο Ακάμα

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Five things green for the next President

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Six species poorer: the birds we’ve lost in the last decades

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Cyprus falls flat on the way it implements EU environmental laws and policies

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Every year an estimated 25 million birds are illegally killed around the Mediterranean. Cyprus has been assessed as one of the five worst countries with, until very recently, over two million birds killed annually. As the third largest island in the Mediterranean, it is a crucial stopover site for migrating birds, with the incredible passage of millions of songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey during each spring and autumn. 

Unsurprisingly, the hunting and trapping of migrant birds is rooted deep in the historical culture of the island. The local dish of Ambelopoulia, consisting of blackcaps and other songbirds, was originally a food supplement. However, bird trapping is no longer about tradition and has become widespread, driven by profit and involving organised crime. This is to fuel the continuing illegal demand for the dish, with diners prepared to pay €80 or more for a plate of a dozen birds.

I have worked for the RSPB, the UK BirdLife partner, on wildlife crime for over 30 years and first visited Cyprus in 2000. Since then, I have made many visits to help BirdLife Cyprus tackle the illegal trapping and killing of migrant birds. The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and their dedicated team of volunteers have also been highly active in Cyprus for over a decade locating and reporting illegal trapping and shooting sites.

Most of my work has been in the UK Eastern Sovereign Base Area (ESBA), along with time at other trapping and shooting hotspots in Cyprus. In 2016, I helped set up a program of covert surveillance on the ESBA and, with the zero-tolerance enforcement by the SBA authorities, it has been highly encouraging to see the levels of bird trapping have been massively reduced. In other parts of Cyprus, it is clear more serious problems with illegal bird killing continue.
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Illegal bird killing: the darker side of Cyprus

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Update on the recently released Spanish vultures

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Cats: lovable pets with a big downside for nature

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Cyprus Bird Camp in Akanthou

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