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Register of trapping sites being updated by Wild Birds Regulation Unit

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Register of trapping sites being updated by Wild Birds Regulation UnitThe Wild Birds Regulation Unit said today that the Unit will be updating its register of live-capturing (trapping) sites in terms of the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations (S.L. 504.71). The exercise is being carried out in order to update the present register and to ensure that no live-capturing sites are located in protected areas or on natural habitats.

Persons who are either in a possession of a valid live-capturing license (Carnet de Chasse Ghall-Insib tal-Ghasafar) or are interested in applying for live-capturing license in future, are requested to call in person at the Paying Agency’s office at Pitkalija, Ta’ Qali between Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 30th July 2014 between 1pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday and between 09:00am and 12:00pm on Saturdays.

The Unit said that this registration exercise is being carried out without prejudice to any other legal requirements including any regulations, fees or conditions that may apply in case of any live-capturing derogations.

“This registration exercise is not a call for applications for a live-capturing licence. Registration of a live-capturing site shall not entitle one to practice any live-capturing activity on the site in question and does not entitle one to any license under the Conservation of Wild Birds Regulations.”

“On the other hand, should the Government decide to receive applications for live-capturing licenses in future, only those applicants who have had their site plan registered with the Wild Birds Regulation Unit will be eligible,” the Unit said.Register of live-trapping sites being update by Wild Birds Regulation UnitFor the purpose of registration, interested persons are requested to provide four copies of the site plans for live-capturing sites they wish to register with the Wild Birds Regulation Unit. Only those sites which conform to specifications issued by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit, and which are not located on protected areas or on natural habitats will be approved for the purpose of registration.

Only live-capturing sites that existed prior to end of December 2012 and which conform to all other relevant parameters will be registered by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit. Site plans previously registered with the Commissioner of Police will only be valid if also approved by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit as part of this updated registration exercise.

Copies of such site plans previously registered with the Commissioner of Police should still be produced for vetting by the Wild Birds Regulation Unit as proof that the site was registered before end of December 2012. Not more than two trapping stations, each consisting of not more than two pairs of clap-nets from a single hide can be registered per person.

Interested applicants will be required to produce the ID card of the person/s registering the site/s, their individual mobile number and four copies of each site plan per applicant clearly legible in A4 or A3-size format.

These site plans must show the basemap at a scale of 1:2500 or similar, with X and Y coordinates clearly shown, or clearly showing surrounding land features and the area names (e.g. ‘Wied l-Ahmar’, ‘Ir-Ramlija’, etc). Sites marked on aerial photos are not acceptable except site plans previously registered with the Paying Agency / Department of Agriculture up to end June 2014, in which case the site coordinates must also be clearly shown (unacceptable if site coordinates are not shown).

The WBRU said that the boundary of applicant’s live-capturing site should be clearly outlined in red on ALL site plans and their copies. The footprint area of each pair of clap-nets (mansab) must also be individually marked in red on all copies of the site plans.

Applicants are only allowed to mark and register up to four clap-net areas (mnasab) per person, either: (a) four clap-nets within a single live-capturing site on one site plan (two pairs of clap-nets from two separate hides) (see Example A); or (b) two separate live-capturing sites on one site plan with each live-capturing site having not more than two pairs of clap-nets from one hide (see Example B); or (c) two different site plans, with each site plan showing a single live-capturing site containing not more than two pairs of clap-nets from one hide (see Example C).

Live-capturing sites on cultivated agricultural land will only be registered if not located within the boundary of a Bird Sanctuary or a Protected Beach.

Where the site is located within the boundaries of other protected areas or natural habitats, it may be registered only if it is proven that the live-capturing site existed before end of 2012 (i.e. visible on aerial photos published before end of 2012 or previously registered with the Commissioner of Police before end of 2012) and, prior to 1st July 2014 registered as eligible by the Paying Agency.

Clarifications can be obtained from the Wild Birds Regulation Unit on Tel: 23886214 / 215 from 9am to 12:30pm and from Wednesday 2nd July also on Tel. 22926148 from 1pm to 5pm.

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