Bird Nest Removal Service

Ground Nesting Bird Mitigation

Bird Nesting Control

Wild birds, their young, eggs and nests are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with some birds (schedule 1) provided additional protection from disturbance. It is there for an offence to remove any birds nest without a licence. Offences under the act carry a maximum £5,000 fine and 6 month prison term.

The removal of birds eggs and nests is possible however is only possible under licence. NBC are the UK’s experts in wildlife management with 30 years experience managing these types of conflicts liaising with licencing authorities to obtain licences to carry out actions that would otherwise be prohibited.


Licensing requires certain tests and is generally only granted where there is a risk to;

  • Preserve public health
  • Prevent the spread of disease
  • Flight safety
  • Prevent serious damage to livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, or fisheries.

Anyone considering removing any bird nest must first consult the appropriate country agency for the current licence terms and conditions or seek professional advise.

Licence Conditions

There are several types of licences available and each relate to the species and circumstances that require control. The general licence, class licences and special licences. All have certain conditions that must be observed when carrying out egg and nest removal which is considered lethal.

Licence conditions include but are not limited to;

  • Reasonable endeavours must have been made to achieve the purpose in question using lawful/non lethal methods such as proofing, falconry, lasers or other methods
  • Reasonable endeavours must continue to be made to achieve the purpose in question
  • The licence does not authorise the use of any method of killing or taking which is prohibited
  • Any birds killed in accordance with this licence must be killed in a quick and humane manner
  • All relevant animal welfare legislation must be complied with at all times, including the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

NBC’s experts will survey site to understand your requirements and complete a report detailing recommendations to manage the risks you are experiencing. If egg and nest removal is considered appropriate NBC will apply for the relevant licence on your behalf and manage the process for you to ensure minimum disruption to you and your business.


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We are a nationwide company with local bird control teams near you, including the major cities of London, ManchesterBirminghamEdinburgh and Glasgow. Find your local NBC team for expert advice and costs.

Birds most commonly experienced nesting on properties;

Whilst all nesting birds have the potential to impact or be impacted by a business our experience is that these species listed below are those most likely to come into conflict;

Urban house nesting birds which commonly nest on or in properties;

  • Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domestica)
  • Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
  • Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
  • Lesser Black Backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
  • Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
  • Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
  • House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Schedule 1

Ground nesting birds;

  • Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
  • Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) Schedule 1
  • Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
  • Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Other birds that can come into conflict;

  • Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
  • Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
  • Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
  • Magpie (Pica Pica)
  • Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
  • Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  • House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
  • Swift (Apus apus)

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