UK sovereign base areas (SBAs) in Cyprus have become illegal bird-trapping “hotspots”, according to research.
The RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus have been monitoring songbird-trapping operations on the island since 2002.
BirdLife Cyprus told BBC News that, in that time, the scale of bird-trapping had increased by 54%.
BirdLife Cyprus is continuing strong on its anti-trapping awareness campaign with the release of its new stickers and newspaper clippings in February 2014. These actions are funded by the MAVA Foundation.
According to article 9 of the European Birds Directive (2009/147/EC, formerly 79/409/EEC), trapping methods that are non-selective or are used for large-scale capture or killing of birds are prohibited in European Member States. Such forbidden methods include limesticks and mist nets which are detailed in Annex IV of the Birds Directive.