DECEMBER 1ST, 2015
By George Psyllides
A bird protection campaign in Cyprus has seen 36 bird trappers arrested and a large number or poaching equipment destroyed, the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) announced on Tuesday.
According to a news release, more than 3,314 illegal limesticks and 155 nets were destroyed during a bird protection camp conducted by CABS in cooperation with the SPA (Foundation for Biodiversity) on Cyprus this autumn.
Dubbed Operation Safe Passage, the camp covered five weeks from September to October 2015 and involved more than 30 conservationists and bird experts from six EU-countries.
CABS said its teams found and reported 162 illegal bird trapping sites equipped with 3,314 limesticks and 155 nets spanning more than 3.1 kilometres to the authorities.
According to CABS a total of 64 illegal electronic bird lures have also been discovered by the activists and later confiscated by the police.
Hotspots of illegal trapping activity this autumn were Ayios Nicolaos and Cape Pyla inside the Eastern Sovereign Base Area (Dhekelia British military base) and Avgorou and Liopetri in the Republic.
Volunteers found 855 trapped birds from 26 different species.
“All could be released after some days of intensive cleaning and rehabilitation in the CABS office.”