Friuli, in northeastern Italy, used to be one of the regions of the Apennine Peninsula most affected by poaching. The area was recently considered to be free of poaching today, but this is not the case This case shows that there mustl be far more bird poachers than expected in this region. On his way to an appointment, a CABS member came across a huge poaching facility while resting at popular resting point in the landscape. Attracted by conspicuous chirping, he found a huge … [Read more...] about Bird Poacher Caught in Friuli Italy
In September 2018, German police officers noticed two Dutch nationals a traffic control in Rehau, Upper Franconia (Bavaria). They had 36 Live bee-eaters (see archive picture) and 38 waders, including plovers, sickle-footed- and dwarf sandpipers, in their luggage. They had robbed the protected birds from nature in the Balkans and wanted to make money with these birdsin the Netherlands on the pet market. The court order from the public prosecutor's office in Hof, vonvicted these … [Read more...] about Dutch Bird Smugglers Convicted in Germany.
Although the sale of songbirds is forbidden in restaurants and markets in Italy, countless protected migratory birds are still shot, caught and killed to be served up as coveted delicacies. Mostly under the counter and only to well-known and well-paid guests. This autumn, the authorities in northern Italy have seized more than 3,000 frozen and partly plucked birds, in this case robins, from hunters and poachers as a direct result of CABS field investigations. The fact that there is still … [Read more...] about Wild birds on the menu in IT
In the Famagusta district in southeastern Cyprus, a CABS team discovered a particularly large trap with 274 lime rods. It is by far the largest find of this autumn (see current pictures). The hunting Wardens we called were quickly on the spot and could catch the poacher in the act . The poacher has to pay a € 2,400 fine. Two freshly caught birds (including the Sardinian warbler on the photo) could be set free again. … [Read more...] about Huge Bird Catching Site closed down on Cyprus
In the last two weeks, CABS investigations led the police to several professional poachers in the mountainous regions of Lombardy. The men, all hunters with valid licences, shot large numbers of protected songbirds at their hunting sites with the help of live decoys. At the address of one of the perpetrators, more than 680 dead songbirds were found in the freezer. The birds were plucked, gutted and packed in twenty plastic bags for intended sale on the black market. In addition to robins … [Read more...] about Songbird Massacre in Italy
In the last two weeks the Police in Northern Italy police caught several poachers, and confiscated hundreds of Siskins, (Carduelis spinus) Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra), Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) , Robins (Erithacus rubecula) and other protected songbirds. In the last two weeks the Police in Northern Italy police caught several poachers, and confiscated hundreds of Siskins, (Carduelis spinus) Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra), Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) , Robins … [Read more...] about Again Poachers caught in Italy