CABS Campaigns and Actions in Germany
There is a persistent rumour that Germany is a leader in nature conservation and environmental protection. Germany is certainly one step ahead of some countries in Southern Europe, but development intensive agriculture is widespread. There is a considerable poaching problem with raptor persecution, the trade of protected species remains widespread, recreational hunting causes potential conflict, there is no ban on the possession and marketing of illegal bird traps.
The Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) has created EDGAR - Germany's main monitoring and documentation scheme for raptor persecution and wildlife crime - a unique agency in Germany to combat the shooting, poisoning and trapping of birds of prey. We advocate an ecological reform of the hunting law, control the hunting of waterfowl and have acquired nature conservation areas in Schleswig-Holstein. In the Rhineland we protect marsh and montagu's harriers in cereal fields, in Brandenburg we help the black tern project providing artificial nesting rafts and within the framework of our project "Froschland" large wetland areas have been created in northern Germany.
Raptor Persecution in Germany
Germany has a problem with poaching: some people regard birds of prey as a thorn in their side, because they predate domestic poultry or pheasants. The perpetrators resort to illegal traps, poison or shooting.
Songbird trapping in Germany
Especially in the old German mining regions, native finches such as goldfinches and bullfinches have been popular cage birds for centuries. Even today, they are illegally caught and traded.
Bird shooting in Germany
We take a critical view of recreational hunting, which remains commonplace throughout the German countryside. Problems are migratory bird hunting as well as the mass release of species for hunting, such as pheasants or ducks.
Harrier protection in the Zülpicher Börde
In the fields between Cologne and Aachen, marsh and montagu's harriers breed in the cereal fields. Each year we find the nests and protect them together with the farmers and nature conservation authorities.
CABS reserve in Schleswig-Holstein
In the north-east of Schleswig-Holstein, CABS has purchased a wetland reserve and parts of a floodplain and manages the areas as protected areas.
Successes in Germany
The end of migratory bird hunting in the German Wadden Sea is one of the CABS big successes, as is the end of songbird hunting and the shortening of hunting periods for various bird species.