Nesting bird season is when wild birds make babies. It’s awesome and important, but also tricky for arborists who need to work on trees that may have nests. In this blog, we will tell you some cool facts, rules and tips about nesting bird season in the UK!
When is it?
Officially, it’s from February to August, but some birds may start earlier or later. Climate change is also messing things up. The busiest time is from March to July.
Why does it matter?
Nesting bird season matters because birds need a safe and comfy place to raise their chicks. They can use trees, hedges, buildings or bridges, depending on the species. Some birds are very loyal to their nests and come back every year.
Nesting bird season also matters because many birds in the UK are in trouble due to habitat loss, predators, pollution and climate change. Nesting success is key to keeping or boosting bird numbers. By protecting nesting birds and their habitats, we can help them survive and enjoy their beauty and benefits.
What are the rules?
All wild birds, their eggs and nests are protected by law under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. This means you can’t do anything that would harm them or their nests while they are being used or built. Some wild birds get extra protection because they are rare, vulnerable or declining. These are listed on Schedule 1 of the Act. Bothering the nesting area of a Schedule 1 species can get you in big trouble.
The penalties for breaking these rules can include a big fine, up to six months in jail or both.
There are some exceptions to these rules, such as when there is a danger to people or planes. In these cases, you may get a license from Natural England or other authorities to do some things that may affect nesting birds.
How can we help?
There are many ways we can help nesting birds in the UK, both as professionals and as individuals. Here are some tips:
• Avoid cutting or trimming trees or other plants during nesting season, unless you really have to. If you do, check carefully for active nests before you start .
• Give birds nice places to nest in your work sites or gardens, like nest boxes, bird tables or natural stuff.
• Don’t use nasty chemicals that may harm birds or their food.
• Respect the privacy and space of nesting birds and don’t disturb them with loud noises or close moves.
• Report any bad things involving nesting birds to the police on 101 or RSPB Wildlife Enquiries on 01767 693690.
• Support groups that work to protect nesting birds and their habitats.
To sum up
Nesting bird season UK is a great time to watch and love our feathered friends. It’s also a vital time for their survival and conservation. As arborists, we have a duty to make sure we don’t harm nesting birds and their young, and that we help them thrive for years to come. For further information why not visit www.rspb.co.uk
At William Davies Arb, we are proud to be a professional and responsible arborist company based in Leicestershire. We always follow the best practices and guidelines for tree works during nesting bird season UK. If you need any tree services in Leicestershire or surrounding areas, please contact us today for a free quote and consultation.
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