The Spanish Guardia Civil has performed an operation called “Turdus” against the illegal capture of birds of the family Fringillidae. Which has resulted in the arrest of three persons and the complaints to seven others in the area of Bajo Guadalquivir, seizing a total of 836 birds of different species, and several instruments used for their capture.
The operation began at the start of the autumn 2016 , in the area of Bajo Guadalquivir where the police officers did early morning surveys.
As explained by the Guardia Civil, the operations took place in the Lower Guadalquivir area by civil guards of the Main Post of Chipiona, Roca Team and local police Sánlucar of Barrameda. In addition, the Center for the Recovery of Threatened Birds ‘Dunas de San Antón’, which is attached to the Ministry of the Environment and Land Management, has also been involved in the identification and collection of birds seized by the police officers.
The operation aimed to stop indiscriminate catches of these birds which seriously endangers the survival of these species.
There is still a great trade in these birds, both living, for export and use as cage birds as well as dead to be used as “Fried birds”
In Spain, the hunting of these birds is typified in the criminal code with fines or penalties that can reach up to two years imprisonment.
(This news was provided by Ms Carmen Navas, coordinator of Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean UNEP/CMS)