A review of the derogation process under Article 9 of the EU Birds Directive was completed by ANIAR Ecology last year. The consultants in their report made a number of recommendations in relation to seagulls including the setting up of a group to agree a programme of action in relation to the seagull situation in the certain urban areas. In line with the recommendations in the consultant’s report, I agreed to the formation of a Consultative Committee, with an independent chair, whose membership includes representatives of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department, Fingal County Council, local community representatives and a conservation group.
The remit of the Consultative Committee is not confined to one particular urban area given the widespread range of seagulls. The Committee has already met and I understand that a further meeting of the Committee will take place in the next few weeks.