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Sari Jun 11, 2020 04:00 PM
A question about the Birds directive. Branta leucopsis is in annex I and is not listed as a game species. Article 9 allowes derogations in certain cases, like preventing "serious damage to crops, livestock, forests, fisheries and water," In case of derogations: under the article 9 (1a), is it allowed to use killed birds as a food? Are hunters (or land-owners) allowed to eat those geese afterwards? Or should the birds be destroyed (burned or buried)?

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EEA Jun 16, 2020 10:29 AM
Dear 'Sari',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

We would suggest that you contact the European Commission to receive an answer to your question on derogation and hunting of Branta leucopsis. The derogation file is indeed the responsibility of the Nature Unit that you can reach via

You may also be interested in consulting the guide to sustainable hunting under the Birds Directive available at[…]/hunting_guide_en.pdf

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