Factsheet: Birds directive (Dir. 2009/147/EC)

Birds directive (Dir. 2009/147/EC)

Key Information


Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Birds Directive - Directive 2009/147/EC of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds
This Directive relates to the conservation of all species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state in the European territory of the Member States to which the Treaty applies. It covers the protection, management and control of these species and lays down rules for their exploitation, especially through the establishment of a coherent network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) comprising all the most suitable territories for these species. Since 1994 all SPAs form an integral part of the NATURA 2000 ecological network.
Define protection areas for bird species.
Responsible Authority: 
DG Environment


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