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 €1.00 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
Humane Trap Subsidies
- Hardwood trees are 3-4 ft high except for whitethorn
- Supplied in units of 100
- Distributed at spring quarterly/collect nursery.
- Closing date 31/12/XXXX
Game Crop Subsidy
- NARGC + Cork Federation together provide a game crop subsidy.