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.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Bird trappers changing their methods say activists



MARCH 8TH, 2018  GEORGE PSYLLIDES CYPRUS

A new hunting law is failing to address bird trapping, conservationists said on Wednesday, as they criticised authorities for not doing enough to tackle the problem.

According to the Germany-based Committee Against Bird Slaughter (Cabs) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (Spa) the new law seems to have marked a general decrease in trapping activity, but the general situation is not as positive as it would appear.

Reporting the findings of their autumn 2017 bird protection camp in Cyprus, the organisations said trappers have now changed their methods because of the law.

“A new hunting law is failing to address bird trapping, conservationists said on Wednesday, as they criticised authorities for not doing enough to tackle the problem.

According to the Germany-based Committee Against Bird Slaughter (Cabs) and the Foundation Pro Biodiversity (Spa) the new law seems to have marked a general decrease in trapping activity, but the general situation is not as positive as it would appear.

Reporting the findings of their autumn 2017 bird protection camp in Cyprus, the organisations said trappers have now changed their methods because of the law.

“The consequence of the new law is that trappers are now shifting from mist nets to limesticks,” said Alexander Heyd, Cabs general director. “We have observed an increase in the number of poachers using limesticks. They realise that the fines for mist-netting are a deterrent, as long as the authorities enforce the law in the field, whilst those for limesticks are totally ineffective. If the goal of the law is indeed to tackle bird trapping, it is failing. Limesticks are still widespread and make huge damages to migrating birds”.



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