All birds in the UK are protected by law under the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981. Our Principal Ecologists supported by our specialist teams have been successfully providing practical solutions to reduce the risk of nesting birds impacting clients operations since 1993. Our track record also includes selection for bird behavioural studies completed by FERA and Scottish Heritage.
Our teams’ knowledge and innovation has saved our clients millions of pounds avoiding delays and potential litigation.
Birds and the Law
It is an offence, with certain exceptions to:
- intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird
- intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built
- intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird
- intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird
To complicate matters, different birds have different levels of protection. It is essential that anyone wishing to manage nesting birds seeks professional advice to ensure they remain fully compliant to legislation.
When dealing with ground nesting or roof nesting birds, forward planning is absolutely necessary. Risks need to be properly identified and the impact to business assessed so that a strategy can be implemented to meet your needs and budget.
Nesting birds are particularly at risk from being disturbed or having their nests destroyed as a site is prepared for development. It is your responsibility to ensure operations do not have an adverse impact on wildlife. Operations such as these that are scheduled between March and August should be surveyed to understand whether nesting birds are present.
Below are listed some examples of the bird management services NBC offer to help clients manage conflict with birds:
- Legislative and licensing consultation – advice and consultation with relevant regulators
- Surveys – wintering bird, breeding bird and raptor surveys including Schedule 1
- Data mapping – GPS recorded data used to create meaningful GIS reports
- Bird strike hazard – risk assessments and management plans for safe guarding
- Bird management operations – displacement through disturbance measures including specially trained ecology dogs, hawks and falcons
- Habitat management – arboreal and vegetation services
- Conservation – management and development of safe zones to mitigate environmental impact
Talk to our bird control experts today for advice on your legal position or to arrange a site survey by calling 0333 567 2020.
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