BirdLife reveals active trapping sites on Ta Cenc plateau
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BirdLife Malta has said that trappers are actively operating on the Ta Cenc plateau, despite the claims of the land owner, Mr Victor Borg, that all hunters and trappers have been removed from the site.
During an aerial reconnaissance survey of Gozo on the 17th of October by two BirdLife Malta staff, BirdLife noted that numerous trapping sites were active on the Ta’ Cenc plateau. Photographic evidence was collected showing several active trapping sites, all of which had been recently cleared of vegetation. At one trapping site an individual was photographed inside a trapping hide.
BirdLife said that the developer has claimed on several occasions that he has forbidden hunting and trapping on the Ta Cenc plateau. However the photos taken during BirdLife Malta’s aerial surveillance reveal that this is not in fact the case and that there are many active trapping sites in the area. On the other hand, the public was denied access by the developer with roads and access paths blocked.
The Ta’ Cenc plateau has recently been fully designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by MEPA under the Natura 2000 network. The extra legal protection has been assigned to the site due to the presence of internationally important seabird colonies (both Cory’s Shearwater and Yelkouan Shearwater) which breed in the cliff face, as well as the nationally important habitats present on the plateau.
BirdLife Malta has passed the photographic evidence on to MEPA and is currently awaiting a response.
The aerial photograph above shows the trapping site area observed by BirdLife at Ta Cenc.