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Bird trapping on Malta

The affected species

Short-toed Larks (Calandrella brachydactyla) confiscated from a trapperShort-toed Larks (Calandrella brachydactyla) confiscated from a trapperAlthough song bird trapping has been forbidden since 1 January 2008 on Malta there are still hundreds of active trapping sites across the islands. In the past the trappers’ targets were mainly finches - permitted until 2008. In the meantime they have specialised in rarer prey. The illegal trappers now have their sights set on above all waders as well as uncommon song bird species.

During the twice-annual bird protection camps CABS teams have either found the following species in Maltese trappers‘ nets or the birds were seized by the police after tip offs from CABS patrols. All uninjured birds were subsequently released into the wild.

Species scientific name
Common Quail * Coturnix coturnix
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus
Golden Plover * Pluvialis apricaria
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Redshank Tringa totanus
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
Wood sandpiper Tringa glareola
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Avocet Recuvirostra avosetta
Turtle Dove * Streptopelia turtur
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba
Yellow wagtail Motacilla flava
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus
Blue Rock Thrush Monticola solitarius
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana
Chaffinch ** Fringilla coelebs
Greenfinch ** Carduelis chloris
Goldfinch ** Carduelis carduelis
Siskin ** Spinus spinus
Serin ** Serinus serinus
Linnet ** Acanthis cannabina

* Trapping still legal
** Trapping permitted until 12.12.2008

Dotterel (Charadrius morellinus)Dotterel (Charadrius morellinus) Dunlin (Calidris alpina)Dunlin (Calidris alpina)