Friday, 20 January 2017

The UK Law that is protecting wild birds.

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Three

The Bird Law

What the law means to chimney sweeping and removing your nest.

If a nest is discovered, then we must adhere to The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Breaking this act can result in fines of up to £5000.00 or up to 6 months in prison.

The basic protection in writing.

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions.
  • 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
  • have in one's possession or control any wild bird, dead or alive, or any part of a wild bird, which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • have in one's possession or control any egg or part of an egg which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • use traps or similar items to kill, injure or take wild birds
  • have in one's possession or control any bird of a species occurring on Schedule 4 of the Act unless registered, and in most cases ringed, in accordance with the Secretary of State's regulations (see Schedules) 
  • 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.  

Information source ‘Protection of Birds Act 1954



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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

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