ROI Control of Certain Wild Bird Species – Consultation on 2020-2021 Derogations

The current declarations by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2020.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities (Wildlife Act, 1976) (Amendment) Regulations 1986 (S.I. No. 254 of 1986).

The effects of the declarations are to allow the control of certain wild bird species by landowners or their agents where these species are causing serious damage to crops, livestock, fauna or where they represent a threat to public health, throughout the State.    A separate declaration is made to allow the control of certain wild bird species by airport authorities or their agents throughout the State where these species represent a threat to air-safety.  A link to the current Declarations is below.

https://www.npws.ie/legislation/irish-law/eu-birds-directive-derogations

A review of the derogation process under Article 9 of the Birds Directive was completed in 2018 and the report can be viewed in the link below.

https://www.npws.ie/news/eu-birds-directive-derogation-report

As part of the annual review of the declarations, the Department is seeking views on the operation of the declarations during the current period.    Proposals to amend the declarations should be accompanied with appropriate documentation to support the request.

CAI will be responding to the above request from the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and are asking  CAI members for their comments and suggestions for consideration in our response. Responses need to be in by 6th January 2020 by email membership@caireland.org or by post.

FINAL REPORT Review of the Derogation Process under Article 9(1)(a) of the EU Birds Directive 2018

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