Bird trapping in Lebanon
Warblers, swallows and other songbirds are a popular delicacy in Lebanon. Besides shooting, the commercial mass trapping with huge nets and limesticks is also a very big problem. Bird trapping is most concentrated in the region around Baalbek in the northern Bekaa plain and coastal areas in the south of the country.
The main nets used are large mist nets, which are often set along with electronic decoys callers in large professionally operated trapping sites. Limesticks are also often used to catch birds. Everything that passes by is simply caught. Warblers such as blackcaps and whitethroats are officially the most popular birds, but shrikes, redstarts, thrushes, flycatchers and much more die in the traps and nets of poachers. Goldfinches and other finches are not killed, but sold to "bird lovers" - the market for goldfinches is gigantic in Lebanon.
Work against illegal bird-trapping in Lebanon has been difficult so far. Although we have found and dismantled traps and nets several times during our bird protection camps, we have only recently - autumn 2019 managed to catch the poachers together with the authorities. Generally speaking, the Security forces are paying more attention to the illegal shooting of large birds such as storks or birds of prey. We will have to wait quite a while before we can take proportional action against the songbird trapping. However, we have recently succeeded in getting some supermarket chains to remove frozen warblers from their shelves.