EU Birds Directive Article 9 Derogations

Ministerial Declarations for the Period May 2021 to April 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 for the 12 month period from 1st May 2021 to 30th April 2022. A separate countrywide Declaration was signed in respect of air safety. PDF versions of these Declarations can be downloaded below.

There was a typographical error in the State Wide Wild Birds Declaration signed by the Minister on 30th April 2021. On Page 2 of the Declaration, the period covered by the Declaration for the control of Hooded (Grey) Crow (Corvus corona) to prevent serious damage to livestock should have read from 1 May 2021 to 31 May 2021 and 1 December 2021 to 30 April 2022. On the signed Declaration it read 1 May 2021 to 31 May 2022 and 1 December 2021 to 30 April 2022.  The amended Declaration was signed by the Minister on 16 December 2021.

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.

Declaration for May 2021 – April 2022 Air Safety

Declaration for May 2021 – April 2022 State Wide

As part of the annual review of the Declarations, the Department sought views on the operation of them during the May 2020-April 2021 period, and sought proposals to amend the declarations (see below).

Read: Control of Certain Wild Bird Species

A total of 87 submissions were received from a variety of organisations, community groups, resident associations, political figures, and private individuals of which 79 consented to have their submissions published. These are available below: