From BirdLife Malta, August 09, 2001
Investigation launched into illegal bird import ring
The Raptor Migration camp on Malta will take place
from 8. - 23. September. For details see:
Malta Raptor Camp
Justin Vassallo, BirdLife Malta, who recently took a
group of the ALE (the police enforcement unit) on a visit sponsored
by NABU to the anti-poachers unit in Italy, and later organised a training coursesponsored by RSPB for the ALE, Maltese Armed
Forces,EPD, Customs, and Airport security on bird crime, sends the following information:
"The police have promised that they will be heavily
patrolling as from the 20th of August.
(They will issue a
press release on that day. The best deterrent would of course be for more birders to come to the camp.
We have had a great response from all over Europe.
Birders are currently coming from:
England (10), Germany (9),
Italy(1), Sweden (1),
and possibly even more from Germany, Netherlands, and Italy.
In fact the
camp is fully booked from 5-18th, and there are 5 places left for the period 18-23, which we are still
hoping to fill
Proact, courtesy of BirdLife Malta, will keep you posted
on how things develop.