As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

UAE warns against poaching rare bird

Violating hunting ban on stone-curlew can result in six-month prison term, fine

Published: 15:50 January 25, 2018

Dubai: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is warning against using electronic devices that mimic bird calls to lure stone-curlew in the UAE.

The move follows an increase in poaching of the rare bird species during its winter migration through the country that poses a threat to its reproduction, the ministry said on Thursday.

The warning is in line with UAE legislation protecting the conservation of rare and endangered bird species.

Sultan Alwan, assistant undersecretary for the Regions Sector at the ministry, said: “The ministry has recently noticed that some people use electronic devices that imitate the voice of the stone-curlew to attract large numbers of these birds over long distances in order to catch them easily.”

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