Conservation of wild birds

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Measures for endangered species

EU countries must take action to maintain or restore the populations of bird species to a level which is in line with ecological, scientific and cultural requirements, while taking into account economic and recreational needs.

Measures for all bird species

Measures must be set in place to preserve, maintain or re-establish a sufficient diversity and area of habitats* for all bird species.

These measures mainly involve:

Special measures

General protection measures

Hunting of birds

Research

EU countries must promote research for the purposes of the management, protection and wise exploitation (e.g., for establishing national lists of species in danger of extinction) of wild birds in Europe

Reporting

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has applied since 15 February 2010.Directive 2009/147/EC codified and replaced Directive 79/409/EEC and its subsequent amendments.

BACKGROUND

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KEY TERMS

Habitat: a natural area or type of environment where a particular kind of animal or plant normally lives.
Biotope: an area of uniform environmental conditions providing a living space for a specific mix of animals and plants.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (codified version) (OJ L 20, 26.1.2010, pp. 7-25)

Successive amendments to Directive 2009/147/EC have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 2019/1010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the alignment of reporting obligations in the field of legislation related to the environment, and amending Regulations (EC) No 166/2006 and (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Directives 2002/49/EC, 2004/35/EC, 2007/2/EC, 2009/147/EC and 2010/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 338/97 and (EC) No 2173/2005, and Council Directive 86/278/EEC (OJ L 170, 25.6.2019, pp. 115-127)

last update 28.05.2020