Special licence for trapping Song Thrush and Golden Plover

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Special licence for trapping Song Thrush and Golden PloverThe Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) is announcing a call for applications for a Special Autumn Live-Capturing Licence, which would permit the limited trapping of the two bird species only, namely Song Thrush and Golden Plover under strictly supervised conditions as prescribed by the Legal Notices 303 and 304 of 2012.

Only persons in possession of a valid Carnet de Chasse for the years 2012-2013 issued in terms of the Wild Birds Regulations of 2006 are eligible to apply for such a Special Licence. Applicants must also be able to show that the trapping sites from where the live-capturing will be carried out under the Special Autumn Live-Capturing Licence, have been registered with the Commissioner of Police.

Application forms may be collected from all MaltaPost branches in Malta and Gozo They may also be downloaded from the MEPA website www.mepa.org.mt. Applications shall be received from Thursday 4th October till Monday 8th October 2012 at MaltaPost branches during office hours.

MEPA said that upon the submission of the application form, the applicant is required to pay €2 (two Euros) and present his/her identity Card and Carnet de Chasse booklet for 2012-2013. In accordance with Regulation 6(g) of the Legal Notice 303 of 2012, licensed trappers shall only be allowed to have in their possession whilst at the capturing site or when travelling to or from the capturing site up to a total of ten birds from either the Golden Plover or Song Thrush that may be used as live-decoys.

“In order for a bird to be considered as a live-decoy, it shall bear a single-use ring which is approved and provided for that purpose by the Director of the Environment.”

MEPA said that when applying for Special Autumn Live-Capturing License, trappers shall be required to indicate the number of live decoys of either of the two species they intend to use at the capturing site. Single-use rings approved by the Director shall be available at a cost of €0.5 (fifty euro cents) per ring.

Any enquiries in relation to application process may be channelled via email on avifauna@mepa.org.mt or via the phone on 22907314; 22907319; 22907120 during office hours.

More information can be viewed from the Authority’s website http://www.mepa.org.mt/biodiversity-autumntrapping2012

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