Article 12 Birds Directive Reporting 2013-2018 Dataset Series

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Maps of breeding birds distributions mapped using a 10x10 km grid associated with Article 12 Birds Directive report on the implementation of national provisions for the period 2013 to 2018 and submitted in 2019.

The Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC) came into force in Ireland in 1981. Article 12 of this directive requires Member States to report on the implementation of national provisions taken under this Directive including specific reporting on status and trends of bird species. The first new format Article 12 report was submitted by member states in 2014 covering the four year period 2008 – 2012 inclusive. This spatial data relates to the second report in this format for the period 2013 to 2018.


This file contains information for 137 species. This spatial data should be read in conjunction with the individual species reports.

These are available through the European Environment Agency Eionet portal Art12 webtool: and indicators dashboard

Map data are not included for the following 4 sensitive species:

Haliaeetus albicilla White-tailed Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle Charadrius dubius Little Ringed Plover Phalaropus lobatus Red-necked Phalarope

These are available only through a NPWS data request only (see

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Theme Environment
Date released 2020-09-11
Date updated 2023-12-20
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['', 'Unless otherwise indicated the data included in this dataset series is Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.', 'otherRestrictions']
Update frequency Other
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-11.265947788472001, 51.205966241541006],[-11.265947788472001, 55.820224054041], [-5.7508110697222, 55.820224054041], [-5.7508110697222, 51.205966241541006], [-11.265947788472001, 51.205966241541006]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM75 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29903)
Vertical Extent {"verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0", "maxVerticalExtent": "1014"}
Provenance information Source data have been derived from a combination of field survey and other research methods. Species distributions at 10km resolution have been generated by intersecting the source data (point, line and polygon distributions) with the Ireland's 10km Irish Grid TM75. A merged multi-part file has been created from 137 individual 10km grid files.
Period of time covered (begin) 2013-01-01
Period of time covered (end) 2018-12-31