Responsible Hunting

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon calls on the Lebanese authorities to implement the Hunting Law

In the past five weeks, the anti-poaching unit of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) has been able to document many acts of indiscriminate killing of migratory soaring birds before the start of the hunting season in Lebanon, which was officially inaugurated by the Ministry of Environment on the 15th of last September, and which is …

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Poachers arrested in Qoubaiyat Northern Lebanon

In the context of BirdLife International’s Migratory Soaring Birds project, which is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the project to combat the illegal killing of birds with the support of the MAVA Foundation, SPNL has participated in activities aimed at combating illegal hunting in the Qoubaiyat region of North Lebanon. …

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Flyways: Birds have No boundary! Let’s create a safe flyway for Migratory Soaring Birds

By Bassima Khatib Lebanon lies on a strategic position: on the second most important flyway in the world between Europe & Asia downward to Africa in Autumn, and backwards in spring. More than 400 species have been recorded in Lebanon, including 37 species of migratory soaring birds that passes twice over Lebanon. Migratory soaring birds depend on thermals “Hot current” …

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Several birds trapped in nets were released unharmed in Barja

Today, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Barja, Shouf, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in …

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200 meters of mist nets were confiscated in Barja

Today, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Barja, Shouf, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in …

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Joint operation against songbird trapping in Chouf, Mount Lebanon

On Monday, The society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Bourjein – Marjiyat, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale …

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AND I SET THE BLACKCAP FREE: A BIRD-SAVING MISSION IN LEBANON’S OLIVE ORCHARDS

By Lena Farran Every year, people illegally slaughter millions of migratory birds as they make nature’s most incredible journey. The illegal killing of birds for pleasure is a tragic manifestation of how we, humans, are capable of the most senseless destruction. Fortunately, however, humans are also capable of love, bravery and altruism: discover the story of a courageous Lebanese conservationist, …

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Where Eagle Feathers Fall Like Snow

By Helen Sullivan Photographs by Diego Ibarra Sanchez Published Jan. 6, 2020 – Updated Jan. 12, 2020 HAMMANA, Lebanon — On a Saturday in November, a small group of boys in matching royal blue shirts, the uniform of the Scouts of Lebanon, gathered beside their “hide-out”: a small pine forest on the edge of town. Their mission: Collect as many spent shotgun shells …

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Biggest sting against illegal bird trapping in Lebanon to date

The teams of our current bird protection camp conducted intelligence-led field investigations against illegal mist nets in the towns of Saida and Barja, south of Beirut. A total of 5 active trapping sites were discovered. To lure the birds into the traps, poachers used electronic calling machines imitating the song of blackcap. The findings were immediately reported to the Lebanese …

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Hunting law enforcement in Lebanon: be ready for the third autumn bird protection camp

Earlier this year the Lebanese Interior Minister Raya El Hassan sent a memo to the head of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces setting out a series of ‘urgent measures’ in order for the agency to crack down on illegal poaching. These measures included training of the law to all agency employees (permitted species, times and materials), vehicle stops, license checks on …

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