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Netting traps and Endangered Species – Erakina

Published Date : February 6, 2022

Netting traps used in commercial spaces have a vicious effect on endangered species. In certain buildings, netting traps are used to keep away birds and other animals. The birds many of them categorized as endangered species get entangled with such traps. Such a phenomenon may be fatal and pose risks for the survival of the endangered species. 

Netting traps on a building

Intensity of the netting traps 

  • Bird lovers across the world are quite concerned about the gravity of the netting traps. The traps are fatal for endangered species like Kittiwake. There is a public outcry in Lowestoft to bring down the traps and make way for the birds to nesting and hatch their eggs. 
  • There are reports of endangered species like Quails, Nightingales, and other kinds of migratory birds getting entangled in the netting traps across the Mediterranean coastline. 
  • One plausible reason is to protect the buildings from the birds. The netting traps on the buildings resist the birds to make their nest. The netting traps at Surrey Street at the BT premises are one such kind. 
  • Kittiwake falls prey to such netting traps and often gets entangled. The endangered species (Kittiwake) have the trait to return to the same nesting place of the previous year. 
  • The nets of the building often confuse the birds. Still, they try to break in and end up getting trapped. In some cases, the entanglement becomes fatal causing grave injury or even death to the bird. 
  • There are also cases when the Kittiwake manages to break into the nets and lay eggs in their nest. There is also a grave danger as the endangered species may get stuck while transiting. The danger is also for the chicks that often get trapped in the nets. The phenomenon strives to be quite serious for such endangered species.    

Netting traps is a trend

  • Bird trapping is a profession among certain sections of people in Egypt. The professional bird catchers in Egypt have netting traps across the Mediterranean coast. 
  • Endangered species like quails, Dutch birds fly low along the Mediterranean coastline. It makes them fall directly into such netting traps. 
  • The Dutch nesting bird is one of the endangered species that arrive in Egypt often ends up in the Egyptian netting traps. The growing incidence is a cause for concern as birds are a crucial part of the ecology. In a fragile environment scenario, the growing instances of endangered species into the netting traps are heartbreaking for bird lovers. 
  • Bird trapping is a legal business across Egypt but there are illegal poachers also. It is a part of their cultural aspect to trap the birds and consume the birds, many of them are endangered species. 
  • The trapping nets are malicious as millions of birds annually across the Mediterranean region. The phenomenon is making living beings like migratory birds into endangered species. 
  • The activity of net trapping is not limited to Egypt or the Mediterranean coastline, the practice is carried out vividly across many parts of the world. 

Plausible solution to save the endangered species from netting traps

  • An active campaign is necessary to spread a strong awareness among the community about the netting traps and protecting the endangered species. 
  • Commercial complexes across Lowestoft, UK uses netting traps to stop the birds from nesting. The authorities can approach the companies to remove the netting traps completely or partially to let the birds have their nests and lay eggs. 
  • In 2016, the Newcastle City Council refused Gainford Hotels to install nets at its premises. Though the organization strived to dissuade kittiwake from nesting at its premises, it led a massive opposition among the citizens.
  • The strong demonstration in Newcastle led to a positive awareness campaign among the public and the competent authorities. The exercise shows a positive trend in protecting endangered species. 
  • Sustainable bird trapping will be a welcoming move. The authorities can crackdown on the illegal poachers and sentence the culprits to harsh punishments. It will dissuade the illegal poachers to undertake such activities. 
  • Most importantly, sustainability should be made an integral part of the curriculum to raise the right kind of public awareness. 
  • In Egypt, most of the illegal poachers are poor people who support their families by preying on endangered species and migratory birds. Active interaction with such a community to find alternative trades will reduce the issue of netting traps substantially.  

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