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Birds: Malta

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his Maltese counterpart on reducing the shooting of turtle doves and quails during spring 2008 in that country. (156490)

No such discussions have taken place.

Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the Conservation of Wild Birds (the “Birds Directive”) lays down rules for the protection, management and control of all wild birds. Member states are required to introduce legislation in line with the birds directive’s requirements and ensure it is applied effectively.

The hunting of turtle dove and quail in Malta is permitted under the birds directive. However, during periods of reproduction or during their return to rearing grounds, hunting may only be permitted under derogation and if the strict conditions under Article 9 of the birds directive are met. This is a matter for the Maltese authorities to determine.