When is bird nesting season

Bird nesting season usually takes place between March and September each year. However, the timing can vary depending on weather conditions and bird species.

Carrying out works to trees or hedgerows during bird nesting season

Works can take place to trees and hedgerows during bird nesting season as long as a thorough inspection has taken place on the site by a qualified specialist for example, tree surgeon or ecologist prior to any works commencing to ensure nesting birds or other wildlife are not disturbed.

However, it is strongly recommended to undertake vegetation or tree works outside this period to prevent the risk of disturbing nesting birds or other wildlife.

It is illegal to disturb nesting birds

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built, or to intentionally kill, injure or take chicks or adults, or intentionally take or destroy any eggs.

The penalties for disturbing nesting birds can include unlimited fines and up to six months in prison. All nesting birds, their eggs and nests are protected by law.

What to do if nesting birds are being disturbed or about to be

If you feel that nesting birds or other wildlife for example bats, birds, badgers are being disturbed or about to be, please contact Avon and Somerset Police immediately by dialling 101 as the incident will need to be reported to the Wildlife Crime Officer in the first instance.

Provided it is safe to do so, you might also consider taking photographs, and or videos of any vehicles and persons involved to assist the police with their investigation.

You can report a crime against birds on the RSPB website.

If you are unsure what to do, contact RSPB Wildlife Enquiries on 01767 693690.

Last reviewed: March 14, 2024 by Sophie

Next review due: September 14, 2024

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