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Cyprus bird trapping hits record low
Efforts to reduce bird trapping bear fruit but must continue
Bird trappers receive heavy sentences after covert surveillance operation in SBAs

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18 March 2019
BirdLife Cyprus’ latest report on autumn trapping shows a positive and continuing decrease in bird trapping levels in Cyprus. While this progress is most welcome, there is a worrisome discrepancy: trapping decreasing in the SBAs vs trapping increasing in the Republic.
06 March 2018
A striking reduction in bird trapping was achieved in Cyprus in autumn 2017, thanks to effective enforcement, combined with newly deterrent sentencing and operations targeting trapping areas.
20 January 2018
  • SBA Police and RSPB collaborate with the support of BirdLife Cyprus for covert surveillance in autumn 2016 to catch illegal bird trappers in the act
  • A total of 19 individuals successfully convicted. All 19 received fines, while 7 of them also received suspended jail sentences
  • Last case with most severe sentences for two individuals: fines of 6600 and 3200 Euros and a 20 month jail sentence suspended for 3 years for one of the two individuals
  • More cases under investigation from autumn 2017

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