Trapping of  small birds

Dear Editor,

I have only been a resident in the area since July and have just become aware of a somewhat disturbing practice. I have seen traps for small songbirds such as robins and wondered if this was legal? Is this a traditional thing?

Richard McKenzie, Carvoeiro

Editor’s note: The Algarve Resident contacted the regional hunting federation regarding this situation. A spokesman said that using traps to catch birds or any other animal is illegal. People who witness an illegal action or have a problem with the proximity of hunters to their properties are encouraged to speak to the leader of the local association or contact the federation. For more information about hunting in the Algarve, please contact the Federação de Caçadores do Algarve on 281 326 469 / 281 324 050 or email [email protected].