Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e.V. Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

Komitee gegen den Vogelmord e. V.
Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS)

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Lark trapping on the Atlantic coast

Skylarks caught with nets
Skylarks caught with nets

In almost all European countries the skylark population is in free fall, the iconic song is vanishing from our landscape. In France, each year around 1.8 million skylarks end up in frying pans and on the grill. Most of them are shot, but some meet their fate in nets and small cages on the Atlantic coast.

As with several other Mediterranean countries shooting larks is permitted in France at specified times. However, four departments have also allow the trapping of these endangered migratory birds. In Aquitaine around Bordeaux, 10,000 trapping installations with gigantic nets block the birds' way south. The dunes of the Atlantic coast and the harvested grain fields directly behind them are filled with nets in autumn.

Through lawsuits filed by our partner association LPO, the Supreme Court has declared lark trapping illegal in 2021 and 2022. But there is still no reason to sound the all-clear, as the government in Paris seems to continue to look for tricks to re-authorise bird trapping!