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.
The European Honey-buzzard is fearless in the face of stinging wasps and hornets - but it has no defence against illegal shooting for sport. In Italy, “anti-poaching camps” sparked an extremely successful movement, which has saved thousands of honey-buzzards.
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.
This spring, BirdLife is telling the spectacular migratory stories of seven iconic birds – exposing the illegal threats they face along the African-Eurasian flyway. Are you ready to embark on nature’s most incredible journey? Join us as we follow our magnificent seven on their epic ‘Flight for Survival’.
Now in winter many would be relieved thinking that our migratory birds have safely made it to their wintering grounds and are spending their days resting and gathering strength for the coming spring.
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