In response to those who have questioned the use of the Blackcap as an example of a migrant to the UK suffering from the effects of trapping and the prevalence/importance of the Blackcap to Cypriot trappers , here are some links, etc to answer those challenges raised against the original article.

The original article can be read here: https://leeconnorblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/bird-trapping-and-declining-migrant-populations/

 

For example, CABS state that “Blackcaps are the main target species of illegal bird trapping in Cyprus”: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cultureheritage/nature/bern/Birds/Documents/CABS%20Cyprus%20Field%20Report%20Autumn%20FINAL.pdf

 

Also, from the CABS (Cyprus) website, the picture second from bottom features 2 female Blackcaps on a limestick: http://www.komitee.de/en/actions-and-projects/cyprus/cyprus-bpc-spring-2013-blog

 

Blackcaps are widely distributed and do indeed migrate through the Mediterranean countries that are some of the worst for trapping – mainly Cyprus and Malta. Remember, illegal trapping takes place across the continent and more action must be taken – mainly making the public aware of this barbaric practice.

 

I’d welcome any questions and comments.

 

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