The British bases (SBA) authorities have removed illegal irrigation pipes used by bird trappers at the Cape Pyla range area, Cyprus Mail reports.
Gangs illegally lay down irrigation pipes to help grow Acacia bushes which are used to set mist nets to trap migrating birds.
Bases personnel have destroyed up to 1,500 metres of illegal irrigation pipes over 11 acres of land, an SBA statement read.
SBA spokesman Sean Tully said that removing the pipes was not only to prevent illegal bird trapping but to safeguard soldiers during training activities.
“These pipes are laid indiscriminately on the surface in areas where our soldiers are training with live weapons and we cannot afford to have trip hazards which could cause a serious accident,” he said. “We will not tolerate this abhorrent criminal activity and where we can, we will take action to prevent it happening,” Tully said.
Bases police worked in close cooperation with officers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) from the UK during the last migrating season used hidden surveillance cameras to catch the trappers in the act.
This operation resulted in a string of prosecutions of individuals last month with fines between €820 and €2500 being handed down to more than 10 offenders.
In the same period, bases police accounted for 72 offenders being arrested or reported for prosecution for illegal bird hunting activity.