EU Birds Directive Article 9 Derogations

Ministerial Declarations for the Control of Certain Wild Bird Species

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 and safety or to air safety. 

On 6th July 2022 the Minister signed a State-wide Declaration to allow the control of certain wild bird species that are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health and safety. This will take effect from 1st August 2022 until 30th April 2023. A separate countrywide Declaration was signed in respect of air safety covering the same period. PDF versions of these Declarations can be downloaded below. The existing declarations are due to expire on 31st July 2022 and the new declarations will take effect from 1st August 2022. There have been no significant changes to measures that can be taken under the new Declarations in that the birds listed on both Declarations remain the same.

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 August 2022 to 30 April 2023

General Declaration - 1 August 2022 to 30 April 2023

Public Consultations: Wild Bird Declarations

Public Consultation: Wild Birds Declarations for 2021 - 2022

Public Consultation: Wild Birds Declarations for 2022 - 2023