Starlings over Meida hide reedbeds, Mersehead RSPB reserve, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

EU Birds Directive

The adoption of the Directive, formally known as ‘a Directive on the conservation of wild birds 79/405’, represented a landmark in European bird conservation.

Together with its counterpart, the Habitats Directive, the Birds Directive has made a key contribution to conservation in the UK, benefiting wildlife and people. Those who drew up the Birds Directive are to be applauded for producing legislation which is still working for the broader public interest.