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03 July 2017
Eight men were handed fines of up to 2500 Euros and four months suspended sentence, after being convicted of illegal bird trapping within the British Sovereign Base Areas (SBAs). These sentences are among the highest handed down by a local court for illegal trapping, a serious wildlife crime, and BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the deterrent nature of the court sentences.
03 July 2017
After repeated postponements, the highly controversial law amendment ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016' has unfortunately been voted through. This amendment proposal introduces a series of relaxations and loopholes relating to hunting but also illegal bird trapping, a serious and persistent problem in Cyprus. 
06 March 2017
In the beginning of February the European Commission published for the first time ever an overview of the EU environmental policies and laws related to the 28 Member States. Within the report one can find references on the challenges, opportunities and also on gaps related to a number of environmental policies for every MS.
31 January 2017
On 8 December 2016 the European Commission announced through a press release that it is taking France to the EU Court of Justice for failing to address continued violations of the legislation on the conservation of wild birds.
30 June 2016
BirdLife Cyprus expressed its serious concerns and opposition to the law amendment prepared by the Game and Fauna Service with title ‘The Protection and Management of Wild Birds and Game Species (Amendment) Law of 2016', during the recent discussion held at the Environment Committee of the Cyprus Parliament on 29 June 2016.
30 June 2016
BirdLife Cyprus completed its report with the latest findings of the on-going and systematic surveillance programme on illegal bird trapping for the autumn 2015 season. Based on the analysis of the survey data, 19km of net rides were active during the autumn season of 2015 within the survey area covering Larnaca – Famagusta and Ayios Theodoros – Maroni areas and more than 5,300 limesticks were confiscated by enforcement agencies. Based on the data gathered, BirdLife Cyprus estimated that over 2 million birds could have been killed across the whole of Cyprus in autumn 2015 from this illegal activity. These numbers confirm the industrial scale of illegal bird trapping activity on the island, both with mist nets and limesticks.
31 May 2016
BirdLife Cyprus welcomes the recent report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights (Ombudswoman) regarding the ‘alternative plan’ for selective hunting of blackcaps, which was published on 11 April 2016 (the report is available, only in Greek, at the Ombudswoman’s website here). The report is the result of a complaint submitted by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Foundation Pro Biodiversity (SPA). The complaint was against the Ministry of the Interior, and more specifically against the Game and Fauna Service, regarding the fact that the Ministry of the Interior had prepared a draft ‘Strategic Action Plan for tackling illegal bird trapping in Cyprus’, which was not in line with what had been discussed and agreed amongst all stakeholders, including the unilateral inclusion of the ‘alternative plan’.
31 March 2016
A review of illegal killing of birds in the Mediterranean by BirdLife International has recently been published in the March 2016 edition of the journal ‘Bird Conservation International’. The full title of the scientific article is ‘Preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean’ and is available online. A press release was also published by BirdLife International regarding the publication of this important assessment, highlighting the key findings of the study.
03 November 2014
Illegal killing of migratory birds is a widespread problem across the Mediterranean. Various illegal methods of killing and trapping are sadly used in countries found on the bird migration routes, including France, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus. Such methods include limesticks, mist nets, stone traps, wire traps etc., making the journey of birds even more challenging. 

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