EU Birds Directive Article 9 Derogations

Ministerial Declarations for the Period May 2021 to July 2022

Under the terms of the EU Birds Directive, all EU member States, including Ireland, are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats. The Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures where certain wild bird species are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety. 

The Minister has signed a State-wide Declaration where certain wild bird species are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety  from 1st May 2021 to 31th July 2022. A separate countrywide Declaration was signed in respect of air safety. PDF versions of these Declarations can be downloaded below. These Declarations were originally due to expire on 30th April 2022 but were extended by three months.

Some of the key features of these declarations are as follows:

  • Different control methods are allowed for different bird species in different situations
  • Three seagull species on the State-wide Declaration are confined to a particular area in North Dublin.
  • The use of non-meat based poisoned or anaesthetic bait to control certain species of Pigeon is only allowed under permit from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This permit must be applied for in advance of control action occurring.  The use of cage traps is allowed as a control method for certain species. Any traps used must comply with the relevant traps and snares regulations, (Wildlife Act 1976 (Approved Traps, Snares and Nets) Regulations 2003, and Section 35(5) of the Wildlife Act). Further details in declaration attached.

Air Safety Declaration - 1 May 2021 to 31 July 2022

General Declaration - 1 May 2021 to 31 July 2022

Public Consultations: Wild Bird Declarations

Public Consultation: Wild Birds Declarations for 2021 - 2022

Public Consultation: Wild Birds Declarations for 2022 - 2023