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Drones used at UK military bases in Cyprus in crackdown on songbird poaching

Police at Britain's two military bases on Cyprus say the use of a state-of-the-art drone will greatly boost their ongoing crackdown on the illicit trapping of small migratory birds.

British Bases police chief constable Chris Eyre says poachers can no longer use the cover of darkness for trapping because the drone has night vision.

He said the drone's use is governed by a legal framework to protect privacy rights.

The 25,000-euro machine's cameras can read a license plate from as high as 200 metres (656 feet).

At that altitude, the drone is neither visible nor audible from the ground.

Songbird trapping feeds a lucrative underground trade among some Cypriot restaurants that serve them as a delicacy.

Conservationists said the trade is worth millions.

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