In line with the Birds Directive and the Accession Treaty agreement signed with the European Commission when Malta joined the EU, finch trapping has been illegal since 2008 and there has been no derogation to allow finch trapping.
Autumn 2012 trapping derogation
The Maltese government has applied a derogation of the Birds Directive to allow live-capture (trapping) of two species: Song Thrush and Golden Plover.
| Song Thrush|| Golden Plover|
Trapping of any other species, including finches, during this period is illegal.
| Caged live finch decoy on a trapping site.|
If you see live finches (or any birds other than Song Thrush or Golden Plover) in cages on a trapping site it is likely that this site is illegally targetting protected species.
Autumn 2012 trapping season FAQs (MEPA)
Impacts of trapping
If you witness illegal trapping, take action. Follow these steps: