Breeding Bird Surveys

The UK has a wide variety of birdlife and hosts important breeding and wintering sites for many species. The UK is also visited by many rare vagrants, which have arrived by mistake after being blown off course, often from North America.

 

All birds are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). This protection includes,the birds, their nests and unhatched eggs during the breeding season.

 

 

You are committing an offence if you:

 

  • kill, injure, disturb or capture any wild bird 

  • capture, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built 

  • capture or destroy the egg of any wild bird 

  • possess 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 

  • possess 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 nets to kill, injure or capture wild birds 

 

 

You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and be fined £5,000 for each offence if you’re found guilty.

 

 

For more information on surveys, contact us here

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