Legislation in the UK covers both wild birds and their nests.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981)
This is the primary legislation which protects birds (and some other animals and plants) in the UK.
Under this Act, you are liable for prosecution and large fines if you kill, injure or take any wild bird whether this is intentional or accidental. Eggs and nests are also protected and may not be removed or destroyed while in use or being built. Additional protection is given to certain rare species
With fines of up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment for breaches of the Act, It is extremely important that you get advice from a bird control expert if you think that nesting birds are damaging your business.
Our methods for controlling nuisance and pest birds are fully compliant with the legislation set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and are approved by the relevant Legislative Bodies:
- Natural England
- Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
- Natural Resource Wales
- Northern Ireland Department of the Environment
Reasons for control of some Bird Species
All wild bird species (including their nests and eggs) are protected by law in the UK. Any offences regarding this legislation may lead to unlimited fines and prosecution of those involved.
To avoid harming birds all works should be conducted during their breeding season, usually between March and August and by using professional bird control methods that deter the birds and do not harm them.
Wherever possible we use natural and humane ways of deterring birds and preventing them causing problems, see our deterrent page for more information. This will reduce the need for more complex bird control solutions and any associated licences required under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981.
Certain pest bird species can be dealt with for the following reasons:
- To conserve wild birds
- To protect public health and /or safety
- To protect air safety
- To protect aganst serious damage or disease
Only birds listed under General Licence can be removed by an authorised agent, qualified person. If the pest bird species is not covered on this licence, CSS Pest Services will advise you of this and look to apply for a special licence on your behalf.
We have years of experience in dealing with the relevant control bodies such as Natural England and your local council and the police, to ensure that you are protected.