The Wild Bird derogation is signed by the Minister each year usually at end April. The 2017-2018 Derogation is shown below.
By Predator Control we mean the regulation or management of a species defined as a predator of game birds. In Ireland the predator species in the main consist of the Hooded or Grey Crow, the Magpie, the Fox and the Mink. We need to be familiar with these species in how they look, how they hunt, what tactics they commonly use, what methods of control we can use, what hunting seasons if any apply and with the various Wildlife Acts and with the Firearms laws. A tall task in any year as some elements change from time to time.
One of the best current up to date articles written on the subject in a clear to understand manner was written by Dr David Scallan recently. The link is displayed below and we should all if we are engaging in predator control be familiar with the contents.
A derogation where particular wild bird species are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna and/or represent a threat to public health or to air safety may also apply in Ireland and the Minister usually signs a new one in April/May each year. Bear in mind that this can and does change year to year. The current derogation can be assessed by clicking on the link below.
For clubs that control predators in their preserves an incentive scheme is in operation.
- Mink €7 Each
- Fox €3
- Grey Squirrel €4 Each
- Grey Crow €1 Each
- Magpie €1 Each
- Woodpigeon 20c each
- Cap of €1000 per club subject to an Overall Cap of €12,000.
A subsidy of €1.00 per bird is payable on the first 150 birds. This offer is open to any club that buys adult birds or poults or even hatches their own birds. Closing date for application is 30/09/XXXX
Each year the Cork Federation receives approximately 1000 Ducks.(926 this year) This is mainly an NARGC subsidy. The Cork federation pays for transport and any other expense involved resulting in a cost to the clubs last year of €0.70 for each 6 week old duck. The ducks are distributed in June and applications must be received by 31st December the previous year.
Game Bird Crate Subsidy
Game bird crates are purchased in bulk by the Cork Federation. The procured crate is an extremely robust and reliable model. Mondial orange in colour and measures 81cm x 61cm x 27cms with two doors on the top and at the end. The subsidised rate is €30.00 each.
Humane Trap Subsidies
- Legal Humane traps are available all year round.
- Larsen trap has 2 catching compartments with the call bird compartment in centre for €60.00 each
- Mink traps, very strong, €30.00 each
- Hardwood trees are 3-4 ft high except for whitethorn
- Supplied in units of 100
- Alder, Birch, Whitethorn 40c
- Oak 50c
- Beech 60c
- Spanish Chestnut 50c
- Distributed at spring quarterly/collect nursery.
- Closing date 31/12/XXXX
Game Crop Subsidy
- NARGC + Cork Federation together provide a game crop subsidy.
- John’s Delight is a one year crop which is REPS, AEOS and Glas approved.
- Consists of Triticale,Linseed,Gold of Pleasure, Mustard, Phacelia, Crimson Clover,Cornflour and Poppy.
- €35.00 per Acre Bag
- Glas Mix
- €30 per Acre Bag
- Utopia is a Wild Kale and Black Mustard cross.
- It is a two year crop
- Sown in June/July
- Extremely fast growing
- Can be sown in pheasant pens in April
- Provides luscious green leaves irresistible to pheasant
- €25.00 per Acre Bag.