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How covert surveillance helps catch and sentence trappers
In France, the Ortolan Bunting may soon be off the menu
Illegal trappers in action caught on film

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04 November 2017
Modern technology has become a vital part of enforcement and competent authorities in different countries have started to use it to fight wildlife crime. Such technology could include the use of drones, forensic testing and covert surveillance, just to name a few. The benefits of using such technology are many, including the gathering of evidence against wildlife criminals to use in courts, footage for media use, but also more efficient use of enforcement personnel time.
02 October 2017
The French Minister of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, plumpened and drowned in brandy. It's a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980.
12 April 2017
Undercover footage of birds being caught in mist nets and killed by trappers in Larnaka district during autumn 2016, recently released by the RSPB Investigations team. Be warned this includes some grisly scenes.
11 April 2017
​A hard-hitting short film has just been released today with title ‘Cyprus: Massacre on Migration’.
06 March 2017
Every picture tells a story. This one is about the sad story of a Crimson-winged Finch, a rare visitor that was found trapped on a limestick a few days ago. But not all stories end in tragedy.
31 December 2016
A one year experimental study examining emotions and environmental action has successfully been completed by the Nestor Research Group of the University of Cyprus. This study was undertaken on behalf of Birdlife Cyprus, which funded this work through a grant from the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The main objective of this study was to examine the effect of reasoned argumentation and emotional appeals on the knowledge, attitudes and behavior related to illegal bird trapping. 
29 January 2016
BirdLife Cyprus will be undertaking over the following month a winter anti-trapping survey with the help of volunteers, checking various locations for trapping activity. Ιt is still early to have an overall picture of illegal bird trapping for this winter, however last winter 2014-15 we detected a large number of mist nets in situ, 48 mist nets in total after checking 90 locations. You may read the BirdLife Cyprus trapping reports here.
30 September 2015
​BirdLife International published last month a scientific review on illegal bird killing across the Mediterranean region, the first ever comprehensive scientific study to quantify the scale and scope of illegal killing across this region. The results of this study are gruesome and despite the legal protection that is in place in the various countries, an estimated 25 million birds are killed illegally every year.

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