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Nesting bird Information and the Law

All wild birds in the UK and their nests and eggs are protected by law.
The definition of a 'wild bird'’ under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended is a species which is ordinarily resident in or is a visitor to 'the European Territory of any Member State' (of the EU). This is in line with the EC Birds Directive and makes it illegal to be in possession in the UK of any eggs or birds of any species taken from the wild in another Member State.

It is an offence to:

  • Kill, injure or take any wild bird.
  • Take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Penalties for breaking the law can include large fines, imprisonment, and seizure of equipment. Both the company and the individuals can be held liable.

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