Public consultation Wild Birds Declaration 2022-2023

Control of Certain Wild Bird Species

The current Wild Bird Declarations (located here) signed by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, allowing for the control of certain wild bird species, are due to expire on 30 April 2022.  

The Declarations allow the control of certain wild bird species where these species are causing serious damage to crops, livestock, fisheries, forestry, flora and fauna or where they represent a threat to public health/safety, throughout the State.  There are two separate Declarations, one general State-wide Declaration, and one 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 both of the current Declarations is below.

https://www.npws.ie/legislation/eu-directives/birds-directive/eu-birds-directive-article-9-derogations.

As part of its review of the Wild Birds Declarations, the Department is seeking any proposals for changes to the existing Declarations.

Accordingly, any comments/proposals you may wish to make should be submitted to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, via e-mail: WildBirdDeclarations@housing.gov.ie

Or post to:

Wild Bird Declarations
Wildlife Licensing Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
90 North King Street
Dublin 7 D07 N7CV

by 17:00 on Monday 14 March 2022.

* Please note all submissions must include the full name and address of the person making the submission and where relevant the name of the body or organisation represented. Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission.  However, parties should also note that all responses to the consultation will be published by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.