The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals, plants and habitats in the UK.
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, a wild bird is defined as any bird of a species which is resident in or is a visitor to the European Territory of any member state in a wild state.
All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/wildlife-and-the-law/wildlife-and-countryside-act/schedules/ while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.
Please note that while it is not illegal to cut hedges, it is illegal to disturb nesting birds. The main bird nesting season which is taken to be from 1 March to 31 July (inclusive). , It is the responsibility of the individual or contractor to check hedges before carrying work out.
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Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:30 by Charlotte Taylor