Spring bird protection camp on Ischia
Ischia is one of the largest islands off the coast of southern Italy. The dense forests and proximity to the mainland attract large numbers of migratory birds. Even today, poachers still use snap traps for whinchat, wheatear and other long distance migrants and illegally shoot passing quails and turtle doves as they attempt to return to their breeding grounds in continental Europe.
CABS has been active on Ischia since 1993. With help from a small group of local nature and animal lovers we have a permanent presence on the island. Some of its members are state-approved hunting wardens and animal welfare officers. They inspect trapping sites and hunting grounds; and help the authorities to convict poachers and also take care of injured wild birds.
CABS and our partners from the WWF, conduct bird protection camps on Ischia each year in April and May. CABS members focus our efforts on identifying illegal trapping sites. Equipped with drones and hidden cameras, we investigate the terraced vineyards, vegetable gardens and orchards in the coastal cliffs. Hidden surveillance cameras are installed on active sites and our evidence is presented to police officers who then wait to ambush the perpetrators.