Consultation on the UK Report for Article 12 of the EU Birds Directive for the period 2008-2012


Please note that this consultation closed on Friday 1 November 2013.The consultation response team will now consider the comments received and make any necessary changes to the report taking into consideration the information and supporting evidence provided.


Through this web page, members of the public were asked to submit comments on the draft 10th UK Report on the implementation of the EU Birds Directive.


The EU Birds Directive came into force in April 1979. The Directive provides a framework for the conservation and management of, and human interactions with, wild birds in Europe. It sets broad objectives for a wide range of activities, including the identification and classification of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) for rare or vulnerable species listed in Annex I of the Directive, as well as for all regularly occurring migratory species, paying particular attention to the protection of wetlands of international importance (Article 4).


Article 12 of the Directive requires Member States to report on their implementation of the Directive every three years. However, Member States and the Commission have agreed that the Article 12 report for the Birds Directive should become more similar, in terms of format and timing, to the Article 17 Report for the Habitats Directive, for which more detailed reporting is required every six years. As a result, the reporting format for the 10th Article 12 report is new for 2013 and in the future will be repeated at six yearly intervals, allowing simultaneous analysis of the results of both Directives’ reports at national and EU level.


The report format includes both a General Report (Annex 1) on the implementation of the Directive, and a Bird Species Status and Trends Report containing individual assessments for all relevant bird species, using an EU level agreed format. The UK report covers 319 bird species. Following government sign-off, the final UK report will be submitted to the European Commission in December 2013


If you have any questions please contact David Stroud or Jessa Battersby at JNCC, either by email to  and  or  by telephone (+44 (0) 1733 866810  and 866808).