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Ortolans off the menu in France ?

Date posted: 
Thursday, September 28, 2017

French Ministry of Ecology to end trapping ?

Singing male Ortolan Bunting

© Andrej Chudý

Around 30,000 Ortolan Buntings are captured every year during the autumn migration, as their flightpath from eastern Europe to west Africa takes them across France – and in particular Landes, a poaching hotspot in the south-west of France. Here, songbirds are trapped in huge numbers, either in nets, or, in Provence, by getting snared by glue smeared on the branches of their favoured trees. BirdLife estimates around 500,000 birds are illegally caught every year in France. Full story here.

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