Just days after often virulent reactions against BirdLife Cyprus’ effort to save Ezousa Valley from the proposed Paphos - Polis motorway, the European Commission calls on Cyprus to correct ‘systemic failure’ to protect its Natura 2000 sites.
The contrast could hardly be greater. While the Cyprus Police anti-poaching unit, which used to be one of the best available anti-trapping tools, is shut down, the impressive progress in the British Bases is proof that ‘where there's will there's a way’ when it comes to combating illegal bird trapping.
An unlucky young Griffon Vulture stranded on a rocky beach at Episkopi Bay saw its luck turn around thanks to a BirdLife Cyprus volunteer that happened to be in the area. The bird was found wet, in distress and unable to fly.
The Turtle Dove was once a very common farmland bird species. But over the last 30 years, its European population has decreased dramatically due to increasing pressure from intensive farming, poaching and hunting.
The British Bases (SBA) court at Dhekelia yesterday handed out sentences to four more bird trappers caught on covert cameras in the Dhekelia SBA during 2018.
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