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Bird trappers feel the heat in Cyprus
Cyprus bird trapping hits record low
Song Thrushes become the target of trappers in winter

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11 July 2019
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.
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.
30 December 2018
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.
30 August 2018
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. 
31 July 2018
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.
29 June 2018
‘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.
22 June 2018
‘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”.
03 April 2018
“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.
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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