Trapping season to open for finches, golden plover and song thrush

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Autumn trapping season opens tomorrowThe autumn live-trapping season opens tomorrow for seven species of finches, as well as for golden plover and song thrush, it will close on the 31st December.

In a statement the the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights announced that after considering the Ornis Committee recommendations, as well as applicable legal, technical and scientific parameters, the Government has today published the relevant Legal Notices – Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for an Autumn 2017 Live-capturing Season for Finches) – Conservation of Wild Birds (Declaration on a Derogation for an Autumn 2017 Live-capturing Season for Song Thrush and Golden Plover).

“Only live-capturers licensed with a Special Autumn Live-capturing License issued by the WBRU in respect of these derogations will be permitted to practice trapping activities during this period, within the registered sites and subject to the strict conditions and parameters stipulated in their respective Special Licences.”

The Secretariat said there are no changes from last year to the overall national bag limit, which is – for finches, 12,000 for linnet, 800 for goldfinch, 4,500 for greenfinch, 2,350 for siskin, 500 for hawfinch, 5,000 for chaffinch and 2,350 for serin.

“Individual licensed live-capturers have an individual season’s bag limit of ten finches,” the statement said.

It added that “the season’s individual bag limit for golden plover and song thrush will not apply to this year’s season, in accordance with Ornis Committee’s recommendations.”

“The overall national bag limit for golden plover has been set at 700, whilst the national bag limit for song thrush is 5,000,” said the Secretariat.

It also said that “the uptake of the applicable individual and national bag limits will be monitored in real time through a telephonic reporting system.”

This means that, “among other license conditions, live-capturers are legally bound to immediately report their catches through a telephone system on the number stipulated in their Special Licence.”

The Secretariat stressed that “compliance and adherence to licence conditions will be rigorously monitored and enforced through spot-checks and inspections conducted by law enforcement officers.”

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