News Local NGOs: How do bird trappers slip through hands of authorities? (video)

NGOs: How do bird trappers slip through hands of authorities? (video)

Recent events and a shocking video that has seen the light of the day raise serious doubts about the ability of the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus to tackle organised and large-scale bird trapping, says BirdLife Cyprus.

In a post on its website, the NGO said it is deeply concerned about the authorities’ effectiveness in tackling organised crime related to illegal bird trapping.

More specifically, a well-known trapping site in the Republic remains active despite repeated complaints that various environmental organisations have made to the authorities. Birds have been trapped on a large scale for years at this site, and while this has been repeatedly reported to the Cypriot authorities, the few law enforcement actions that have taken place appear to be limited in scale and are evidently no real deterrent.

The RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) has posted on its website a video, which, in conjunction with the history of complaints made by BirdLife Cyprus and CABS to the authorities, raises questions about law enforcement on ‘big’ trappers.

In the video, one can see at least eight mist nets set up and a number of trappers throwing stones and shouting to drive birds towards the nets. The trapped birds are then placed in buckets and are taken to a collection point at a nearby small building. A relevant complaint was made to the authorities at the time, but they were unable to respond on the day and said that they would visit the site the following day. When they did check the site, the authorities said that they had found nothing.

The video by the RSPB and CABS can be seen here below: 

CABS returned to the area for another inspection a few days later and found that the trapping operation was again in full swing.

“BirdLife Cyprus and CABS continued to push the authorities for action. When the authorities returned to the area again a few days later, they issued a fine for only one net and only one trapped bird – a stark contrast to what the field teams have been repeatedly witnessing,” the NGO said.

According to CABS and the RSPB, trapping at the site was again in full swing the following days.

“It is evident that a large-scale trapping operation is going on in the area on a daily basis, except for the days when the authorities visit the area,” it said.

BirdLife Cyprus has repeatedly requested a meeting with the authorities to discuss the issue of large-scale trapping and to present the evidence collected by all the environmental organisations.

“BirdLife Cyprus calls on the authorities to account for this ongoing situation, given the obvious questions that arise. Although trapping levels have generally declined in recent years, how do such cases of organised and large-scale trapping slip through the hands of the authorities?” it queried.

Read more

Top Stories

Pandemic at highly critical phase in Cyprus, new appeal launched-12 cases today

  Twelve new cases of covid-19 were announced today out of three thousand 147 tests, taking confirmed infections to 1,755. The break down of new patients...

Animal abuse legislation to get tougher, with a 10 thousand fine for a first offence

  MPs are working through a tougher bill against animal abusers, including raising fines as a deterrent, just a couple of weeks following a horrendous...

No spectators at tomorrow’s Independence Day Parade

  Tomorrow's Independence Day military parade will be held without spectators due to Covid pandemic restrictions, with just officials and foreign dignitaries attending. The parade, on...

Spain in solidarity with Cyprus over Turkish violations

  Spain expressed its solidarity with Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean, with foreign minister Arantha Gonzales Layia noting her country's opposition to any unilateral action,...

Services not covered by GeSY and offered under it to incur fines

The Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) reminds all health care providers as well as General Healthcare System (GeSY) beneficiaries that the system does not cover...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...