Serious violations of animal conservation laws are happening all across Europe - and birds are dying as a result. Of the five billion birds that fly through Europe each autumn to spend winter in warmer weather, up to one billion are killed by humans.
Within the borders of the EU, birds have had special conservation status for decades yet far too many are still hunted and killed. The Amur falcon, lesser whitethroat and songbird are at particularly high risk. In fact, hundreds of thousands of songbirds are illegally shot and exported every year.
Particularly in southeast Europe, hunters have become the number one threat for birds. They use guns, spring-loaded nets for water birds, poisoned prey and sticks covered with glue to catch the unsuspecting birds.