Bolzano - Nest robbers in South Tyrol
The huge fruit-growing area around the South Tyrolean cities of Bolzano and Merano (Italy) is a particularly attractive breeding ground for thrushes. Despite the intensive agriculture thousands of blackbirds, song thrushes and fieldfare breed in the orchards of the famous holiday area. The nests are easy to reach in the low stem fruit trees and attract many poachers and nest robbers.
Each year in May, bird trappers traders from across northern Italy come to the valleys around Bolzano to plunder the nests of thrushes. The chicks are then tagged with breeding rings and then sold on as alleged captive-bred birds. The chicks are bought by hunters, who use them as live decoys to hunt songbirds and can thus shoot a particularly large number of thrushes.