One Million Migratory Birds Slaughtered In Cyprus

NICOSIA – More than 1.1 million songbirds prized as culinary delicacies were illegally slaughtered by trappers in Cyprus in the past year, a conservation group said Tuesday.

Cyprus lies on a key migratory route and bird trapping has been commonplace for years. Trappers use either fine mist nets or sticks dipped in sticky lime.

“The figure is an unacceptable toll which ever way you look at it,” said Martin Hellicar, executive manager for Birdlife Cyprus.

bird-trapping-cyprusMany of the birds are served up as expensive delicacies in local restaurants, even though trapping and consumption is strictly banned, the group said.

Although the overall figure in trappings appeared unchanged for 2008 compared to 2007, there was a 50 percent spike in trappings during the winter of 2008 compared to the same season a year earlier, Hellicar said.

A report on the situation, compiled by Birdlife Cyprus and Britain’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, has been submitted to a wildlife committee of the Council of Europe, the Cypriot government and the European Commission.

About 90 percent of the migratory birds which fly from Europe to warmer climates over Cyprus each year are protected, and also include threatened species.

Trapping using fine mist nets spread over trees is a common method, along with lime sticks placed in bushes. Birdsong recordings are used as a lure.

The birds, known as “ampelopoulia” are served in restaurants for up to five euros apiece. They are normally fried, wrapped in vine leaves to conceal from other possibly disapproving patrons and consumed whole.ambelopoulia

Source: Planet ark


Barn Owl

Barn Owl
This beauty was the last baby in a clutch hatched in an ventilation pipe from the kitchen of a Bar in Malia. It had fallen out of the pipe and landed on the concrete floor.
Our volunteer for wildlife, Margaret, took it to the vet who could not detect any injuries, so again took it home and fed it on chicken and mice. At first it did try to fly and would sometimes be perched on a pillar high up on the aviary but one day it was found it on it’s back and since then it has not flown, and just flutters from box to floor and onto the branches arranged in  the aviary.
It eats well on mice and small rats which I get from the pet shop or from friends whom I have persuaded to catch their unwanted vermin and give them to me.  It also eats raw chicken wings which I have to break the bones and give vitamins and minerals twice weekly.
At least it is alive and eating well, however, not really a happy situation for a barn owl to be in… we hope there is still a happier end to come…

Spar Cat hit by car!!!

One of our cats from the Spar/Halkiadakis super market cat cafe was recently the victim of a traffic accident!

With a broken jaw the ”before” photos are too graphic to post.

Please see him now recovering in one of our foster homes after he has had surgery and a pin placed in his jaw…

We wish him all the best:-)


Humane Education in Malia School!

Humane Education

Humane Education

Classes B and C of the Primary school were covered just before Easter and Chrysalis is going back to do A, D, E, F after Easter!

Thank you once again to Costumes with Character for Marley who was once again a big hit!!!



Easter was brought to us by foreign supporters (on Easter Sunday) in order to receive tha care she needs for her open neck wounds. However, they have also insisted on taking her with them and finding a home for her so her stay in our foster home will be short!


Easter's wounds

Wobbly enjoying the weather!

Spring is here and Wobbly knows it, he is out and about!


Herbie is saved!


Poor little Herbie was a victim not only of a traffic accident but also of someone’s ignorance… after having being hit by (probably) a car, he was thrown, alive, in a rubbish bin to be found by one of CAWG’s supporters.

He is, as expected, very traumatised and undergoing therapy both through medical and social treatment.

Help us help others like Herbie by donating through Paypal now, every little helps towards saving a life.