Tackling illegal killing and saving birds from limesticks in Lebanon

As part of our effort to curb the devastating damage wreaked by the illegal killing of birds, The Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and the Middle East Center for Sustainable Hunting (MESHC) organized a field investigation against limesticks hunting in Mount Lebanon

Although the widespread shooting of legally protected birds in Lebanon is increasingly being put under the international spotlight; the scale of songbird trapping in the country is less well documented.

In Barja- Mount Lebanon there is a ‘tradition’ of catching songbirds with nets and limesticks to meet the demand for this so-called delicacy. Our team succeeds in removing the limesticks in the area and many songbirds were saved.

The active illegal trapping site was reported by a sustainable hunter with 40 set limesticks freshly prepared in a bundle nearby. Several birds were found stuck to the sticks and those that could be saved were carefully cleaned up and released.

The anti-poaching project in Lebanon is based on partnership and cooperation between MESHC and SPNL on the one hand, and between SPNL and the MSB – Migratory Soaring Birds Project funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the project to fight illegal hunting funded by MAVA, on the other hand.

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