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.
Autumn migration is upon us and it’s exciting! Well, it is indeed exciting if you’re into birds and you’re in Cyprus, but not as much if you’re a small songbird passing through the south-eastern corner of the island to head towards your wintering grounds.
Summer weekends combined with city heat does not sound very exciting, but that did not stop postgraduate students of the European University of Cyprus to use their creative powers and add some colour in the heart of the city for a refreshing summer afternoon.
‘Trapping under derogation’ using the argument of tradition is often heard in public discussions on the hot issue of illegal bird trapping (ambelopoulia) in Cyprus. The European Court of Justice has effectively closed the door on this widely used pro-trapping argument with its conviction of Malta for allowing the trapping of seven finch species under derogation. While the Directive allows derogations only under specific and strict conditions, tradition, however, is not one of them.
‘Trapping under derogation’ is an argument often heard in public discussions on the hot issue of illegal bird (ambelopoulia) in Cyprus. The European Court of Justice has effectively closed the door on this pro-trapping argument with its conviction of Malta. The court decided that Malta was in breach of its European obligations for the protection of birds, by allowing the trapping of seven bird species under derogation. The Directive allows derogations only under specific and strict conditions, which do not include “tradition”.
“At long last – but will it last?” If contained enthusiasm was ever put into words, this is what it would probably sound like here at BirdLife Cyprus. We say ‘enthusiasm’ because after years and years of hard work campaigning, lobbying, surveying, educating, we saw bird trapping levels drop to an almost all-time low this past autumn. But we also say ‘contained’ because the beast is nowhere near knocked-out yet.
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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