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Fewer migratory birds being trapped in Cyprus, CABS says

Spring trapping has been showing clear signs of decrease in the past few years and more birds are crossing Cyprus safely, Alexander Heyd, Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) General Director, has said.

Since the beginning of April, the environmental organisation Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) and Pro Biodiversity Foundation (SPA) have been conducting their 9th spring Bird Protection Camp in Cyprus with the code name “Safe Island”, an announcement said.

The goal of ‘Safe Island’ camp is to protect the migratory birds travelling through Cyprus on their long journey from Africa to Europe. Millions of those birds, in addition to resident bird species, are falling prey each year of poachers.

The Camp aims at detecting active trapping sites with mistnets and/or limesticks and reporting them to the local authorities (Anti-Poaching Squad of the Cyprus Police and the Sovereign British Area Police) in order to combat this illegal phenomenon and ensure a safe flight for the birds.

“In few days our volunteers coming from all over Europe have observed some activity and already reported more than 40 active sites, mostly for limesticks. After a lot of efforts, spring trapping has been showing clear signs of decrease in the past few years and more birds are crossing safely the island”, Heyd said.

“We believe that it is important to realise that in the modern world, where birds are suffering huge problems and need all our help, people can and should renounce to a luxury meal and make a gift to nature,” he added.

The organisations are asking people to get involved in the campaign against bird trapping and killing by reporting any illegal activity they find at [email protected]

Last month BirdLife Cyprus said that according to their latest gathered data, over two million birds could have been killed across the whole of Cyprus in autumn 2015.

Based on the analysis of the survey data, 19km of net rides were active during the autumn season of 2015 within the survey area covering Larnaca – Famagusta and Ayios Theodoros – Maroni areas and more than 5,300 limesticks were confiscated by enforcement agencies, it said.

Mist netting activity for autumn 2015 decreased by 13% compared to 2002, “a positive outcome comparing to the record breaking levels recorded in autumn 2014”.


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