Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Questions (623)

Pat Deering

Question:

623. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to complete the work of her predecessor in the banning of the sale of the activity of hunting woodcock here (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15275/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

While the hunting of woodcock is allowed under the Wildlife (Wild Birds) (Open Seasons) Orders 1979 to 2011 from 1 November to the following 31 January. However, the European Communities (Wild Birds) (Woodcock) Regulations 2015 provides for the addition of woodcock to the list of species of wild birds in respect of which the sale, transport for sale, keeping for sale and offering for sale is prohibited, in the interests of conservation. I have no current proposals to change these dates.