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Bird Protection Camps 2017

In 2017 we will again be conducting coordinated bird protection operations together with our Cypriot, Italian, Spanish, French and Maltese partners. All operations are financed principally from donations made in Germany. With increasing international participation in our camps, the expansion of our activities, as well as the importance of our activities for European bird populations as a whole, we would welcome support from bird and nature lovers worldwide. You can make an online donation here.

Please note that due to current events changes to the timetable can occur at short notice. In addition we do not wish to openly publish all areas and exact dates of operations. Walls have ears - or more accurately the poachers in the countries affected are known to read our homepage regularly. We apologise for the vagueness of some of the details.

If you are interested in joining one of our bird protection camps (BPC) you should be aware that we expect participants in our operations to meet a number of requirements. The more important ones - can be read here where you also find a link to an online application form with questionnaire.

Date Operation
Winter
14.01. – 29.01.2017 Winter BPC on Cyprus: Location and dismantling of illegal nets for bird trapping , support for the Anti-Poaching Squad (APS)
Spring
10.03. – 02.04.2017 Controll of songbird trapping on Malta - searching for illegal trapping sites
16.03. - 21.03.2017 Anti-poaching operations on the Mediterranean island of Ponza in support of the State Forest Police (Italian members only)
24.03. – 28.03.2017 Spring operation against illegal songbird trapping in Brescia (Italy), search for illegal mist nets (Italian members only)
31.03. – 14.05.2017 BPC on Cyprus: Location and dismantling of illegal limesticks and nets for bird trapping , support for the Anti-Poaching Squad (APS)
14.04. – 30.04.2017 Second camp on Ponza: Monitoring the ban on spring hunting and dismantling illegal traps for songbirds
14.04. – 30.05.2017 Spring BPC on Malta: Operations to combat the illegal shooting of migrant birds of prey and song birds; location of illegal song bird trapping sites
22.04. – 07.05.2017 Operations against illegal shooting of birds of prey in the Strait of Messina, location of illegal clap nets for finches (Italian members only)
29.04. – 07.05.2017 Spring BPC on the island of Ischia: Operations to combat illegal trapping of redstarts, Nightingales and Wheatear
06.05. – 14.05.2017 BPC in Trentino/Bozen (Italy)
Summer
14.07. – 06.08.2017 Controll of wader trapping on Malta - searching for illegal trapping sites
19.08. – 23.08.2017 Summer BPC in Brescia: Location and reporting illegal traps for Flycatchers and other songbirds to the police (Italian members only)
19.08. – 27.08.2017 Operations against illegal Ortolan Bunting trapping in south-west France: Location and dismantling of illegal traps and release of decoys in Départment Les Landes
Autumn
09.09. – 01.10.2017 The annual major BPC on Malta and Gozo: Operations to combat the illegal shooting of migrant birds of prey and song birds; location of illegal electronic bird decoys
09.09. – 15.10.2017 Autumn BPC on Cyprus: Location and dismantling of illegal limesticks and nets for bird trapping, support for the Anti-Poaching Squad (APS)
30.09. – 05.11.2017 The major BPC In Brescia Province, N. Italy: Location and dismantling of traps, nets and live bird decoys around Lakes Garda and Iseo, in cooperation with the State Forest Police
21.10. – 29.10.2017 Operations against illegal bird trapping in Valencia (Spain): Location and dismantling of limestick installation and support for the police (Spanish and Italian members only)
10.11. – 03.12.2017 BPC on Sardinia: Location and destruction of horsehair snares for thrushes and other song birds (Italian members only)
25.11. – 10.12.2017 Controll of golden plover trapping on Malta - searching for illegal trapping sites