Illegal trapping of songbirds on MOD land in Cyprus

Thank you for your email about the trapping of song birds on MoD land in Cyprus.

I understand the argument for clearing the acacia – and I will be asking Mark Lancaster to consider what more can be done in this regard.

However, I wouldn’t want to mislead you into supposing that clearing the acacia is likely to resolve the problem entirely – and I don’t believe that it is feasible for the MoD to mount continuous covert operations at night in a way that will completely prevent the trapping of these birds by serious organised criminals.