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Final report - Malta bird protection camp autumn 2010

Operation Safe Passage“: 12–26.September 2010

A CABS team on operations on MaltaA CABS team on operations on MaltaDespite a clear and unambiguous ban on the hunting and trapping of protected migrant bird species there illegal persecution is still widespread on Malta. The victims of this slaughter include above all rare birds of prey such as the Honey Buzzard, Osprey and Lesser Spotted Eagle, Marsh, Pallid and Montagu’s Harrier, as well as small song birds, herons and waders. The populations of many of these species are critically endangered throughout Europe and are the subject of costly conservation schemes and projects.

Every year the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) organises two bird protection camps on Malta, each covering a period of two or more weeks, in order to support the local authorities in their fight against the poachers and to force the criminal elements on to the defensive. The eighth such large-scale operation on the Mediterranean island took place from 11 - 26 September 2010 - the peak period of the bird of prey passage. The aim of the operation was to further curb the still widespread poaching by monitoring the rest and roost sites of migrating birds and selective checks of known poaching hotspots on the island.

During the 14 days of operations the CABS teams recorded 222 individual offences against hunting and bird protection legislation. These included 23 direct shootings down of protected birds, 20 cases of shooting at or injuring birds in flight, 11 finds of birds with shotgun injuries and 15 incidents of illegal bird trapping. In addition 121 shots were registered during the hunting curfew and 32 cases of the use of illegal bird callers for Quail and wader species were recorded.

You can download the final report below as a PDF document.

Press report from February 2011 in Malta Today

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