Cyprus Mail

Man charged for poaching

A bird stuck on a limestick

A 74-year-old man from Famagusta has been charged after police found 32 small birds and 272 limesticks – sticky twigs used for trapping birds.

The birds and limesticks were found at 5am on Saturday following a search of the man’s fenced orchard in the Ayios Trikkas area of Aygorou.

The man was taken to Xylofgou police station where he was charged in writing and released.

Laws banning trapping have been in place for decades but these are frequently flouted.

Despite the bad name Cyprus has gained over the years, politicians, in particular those hailing from the Famagusta area, have openly supported trapping, claiming it is a tradition.

Audio equipment is used, illegally, to broadcast birdsong and attract birds to trapping locations where nets are used to trap large numbers of birds.

Birds are illegally sold as ambelopoulia delicacies, which fetch hundreds of thousands of euros for the trappers.


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