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This EEC Nature Conservation Directive concerns birds. It was adopted in 1979 and is the most important piece of recent Community nature conservation legislation in terms of the precision of its objectives and the obligations it entails and also because of the stress it places on protection of habitats and the measures this requires. This paper brings together the results of various projects and investigations commissioned or implemented by the Commission between 1981 and 1986. It gives information on the application of the Directive, describes the species covered and measures already taken by member states to protect birds. It goes on to present measures announced by member states aimed at the preservation, upkeep and restoration of biotopes, habitats and wildlife sanctuaries. A section on set-asides and commercialisation also includes views on the issues of hunting, egg-collecting and the destruction of nests. The report concludes with the description of various legal provisions and exceptions. At the time of publication, much of the available information remains fragmentary and a number of possible modifications are still being investigated.

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Authors: INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE, Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12835 FR (1990) 163 pp., MF, ECU 8, blow-up copy ECU 21.25
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