The Malta Independent 4 December 2020, Friday

Song thrush trapping season opens Tuesday, that for golden plover on 1 November

Monday, 19 October 2020, 07:49 Last update: about 3 months ago

The song thrush trapping season opens on Tuesday and closes on December 31, the Gozo Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry said that the golden plover trapping season will start on 1 November and closes on 10 January.

Hunting for these species is permitted from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset, the ministry, which is also responsible for hunting, said.

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The national quota for song thrush is 5,000, that for golden plover 700. The season will close once quotas are reached. There are no individual or daily quotas.
 
Caught song thrush and golden plovers wearing a scientific ring have to be recorded and released immediately.

Trappers are legally obliged to report their catch immediately.

The ministry also said that the research period for greenfinch, goldfinch, linnet, serin, chaffinch, siskin and hawfinch opens on Tuesday and closes on December 20.

All songbirds caught have to be released immediately, with the catch being recorded if the birds are ringed.

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