Birds: Trapping

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th June 2021.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received that organised and violent criminals are involved with bird trapping in Cyprus, especially in the Sovereign Base Areas.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Whilst songbirds are a protected species under both Cypriot and Sovereign Base Areas law, trapping and eating songbirds unfortunately remains a practice in some Cypriot communities, and substantial profits can still be made by those who organise and control this activity. Nevertheless, the Sovereign Base Areas Administration takes wildlife crime seriously. Those who commit offences under the Game and Wild Bird Ordinance and other legislation that protects our wildlife face significant penalties including up to three years in prison and/or a €17,086 fine.

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