Just for your collective info. I caught a male person trying to trap Goldfinches at Jerra Wetlands (a few months back). He was using two caged birds to attract
in wild birds to glue sticks attached to an artificial Christmas tree. He wanted a male for breeding as apparently you can’t buy them in Australia – not part of the Finch breeders species.
Technically if he was doing it in his backyard he would not be committing an offence.
We have all his details and have checked them out with the AFP.
If you come across someone doing this then let me know. Obviously if it is the same person we will prosecute as they have been clearly informed of the legislation
even though it involves a feral animal.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve
ACT Parks and Conservation Service
Environment and Planning Directorate
0428 113 533
From: Anne Fulker [
Sent: Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:50 AM
To: COG Chat
Subject: [canberrabirds] Illegal trade in Goldfinch
A very unpleasant article from a UK newspaper. I thought I had heard something about this on the radio and have found this article.