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Wednesday 1 May 2024

Bird Nesting & Sooty Chimneys: A Guide for Dorset Homeowners

Ever cosy up by a crackling fire, only to find the smoke isn't going where it should? 

You might have some uninvited guests – birds! While they're charming creatures, their nests can block chimneys, causing smoke backup. But before you call your friendly Dorset chimney sweep, here's what you need to know about the law and those feathered residents.

  • Sharing Your Chimney: The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects birds, their nests, and eggs. Disturbing an active nest is illegal.

  • When the Birds are Busy: Nesting season in Dorset usually runs from March to August, though it can vary by bird type. During this time, disturbing a nest is illegal.

  • Signs of a Squatter: Keep an eye out for these clues:

    • Birdie Visitors: Feathered friends coming and going from the chimney.
    • Nesting Materials: Twigs, leaves, or feathers near the chimney opening.
    • The Pitter-Patter of Tiny Feet: Chirping sounds coming from inside the chimney (chicks!).
  • What to Do if You Find a Nest:

    • Hold on Sweeping! Let your Dorset chimney sweep know when you schedule the appointment (or as soon as possible) that there might be a nest in the chimney.
  • Keeping the Birds Out: Once nesting season is over (around September), consider installing a bird guard. This allows you to enjoy your chimney while deterring future feathered residents.

By working with your Dorset chimney sweep and being mindful of nesting season, you can keep your home safe and sound while protecting our local wildlife. Remember, a little patience goes a long way in keeping both you and your feathered neighbours happy!

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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

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