Birds Directive 2009/147/EC—snapshot
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Birds Directive 2009/147/EC—snapshot

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Laura Bolado of Andes Legal Consulting Ltd provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Birds Directive 2009/147/EC—snapshot
  • Brexit impact
  • The Conservation of Habitats and Species (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • Status of EU Directives following Brexit
  • Key requirements
  • Objective and scope
  • Preservation, maintenance and re-establishment of biotopes and habitats
  • Special conservation measures and protected areas
  • General protection system
  • Sale, transport for sale, keeping for sale and offering for sale of live or dead birds covered by Article 1
  • More...

TitleDirective 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds (codified version)
*Latest consolidated version
Entry into Force15/02/2010
Transposition DeadlineN/A— as this directive replaces the first Birds Directive 79/409/EEC by codifying all the amendments made to it through the years and these amendments had their own transposition deadlines
RepealsBirds Directive 79/409/EEC
AmendmentsCouncil Directive 2013/17/EU of 13 May 2013 adapting certain directives in the field of environment, by reason of the accession of the Republic of Croatia
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
Implementing legislation in England and Wales See: Implementation in England and Wales
SubjectWild birds, conservation, protection of species and habitats

A large number of species of wild birds which occur naturally in the EU territory are in decline. To reverse this trend, the EU introduced a general system prohibiting practices (killing and capturing of birds, destruction of nests, taking of eggs, etc.) which threaten the conservation of bird species namely Directive 79/409/EEC, which was the first Birds Directive (the ‘First Birds Directive’). This was the first EU legislative text relating to nature. It established for the first time a general system for the protection of all species of wild

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