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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Bird trapping with nets in Lebanon

Blackcap in an illegally set trapping net
Blackcap in an illegally set trapping net

Mist-nets are still widely used in Lebanon despite clear legal bans. This non-selective method catches any bird that flies into them. Against a dark background, they are practically invisible, blocking the flight path and giving the birds no chance.

In Lebanon, which is especially rich in species during the migratory season, dozens of different bird species get entangled every year - from warblers and shrikes to nightjars, turtle doves or cuckoos. Warblers as well as orioles, are sometimes deliberately trapped with electronic decoys. As with the use of limesticks, bird trapping with nets in Lebanon takes place mainly in coastal areas as well as in the Bekaa Valley and in the south of the country.