Wader trapping on Malta
Waders such as lapwings, various plovers and sandpipers are not only shot on Malta, but also caught with nets. The trapping sites consist of two nets mounted parallel next to each other on the ground, up to 50 metres long and held under tension with metal springs. The trapping sites are often located on the coast and are equipped with water scrapes or ponds and live or electronic decoys. When birds gather on the surface between the nets - often placed around a mud island - the trappers manually trigger the catches. The nets then spring over the birds and catch them alive.
The birds caught in this way are either used as decoys in hunting, stuffed into trophy collections, bought by animal collectors or killed and eaten.