Psychology student suggests strategy for saving Cypriot songbirds

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 02, 2010 02:55 PM |
Leicester postgrad's research highlighted by Discovery Channel.
Psychology student suggests strategy for saving Cypriot songbirds

Willow warbler (image: Wikipedia)

The Discovery Channel’s news site has picked up a report by the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) on the widespread killing of songbirds on Cyprus – and has called on a Leicester postgraduate for comment.

Cyprus’ position in the Mediterranean makes it an important staging post for the migration of small birds between Europe and Africa. Unfortunately, songbirds such as warblers and finches are used in the preparation of a local delicacy called amelopoulia and are often caught using illegal techniques such as limesticks (basically glue-coated twigs) which are completely indiscriminate, often catching endangered species.

Discovery News spotted that one of our Psychology postgrads, Alexia Zalaf, is conducting research into attitudes towards animal welfare on Cyprus and picked up on the press release about her project which was featured in our Festival of Postgraduate Research back in June.