Sparrow and chicks in a nest

To book your Nesting Bird Check

Call Midland Ecology

07854473385

or email info@midlandecology.co.uk

For fast, friendly and affordable service

All wild birds in the UK, their nests and eggs are protected by law.

The bird breeding season is typically between March and the end of August. It is recommended that site clearance works should be conducted outside of this period, but if this is unavoidable, then a nesting bird survey will be required before works commence.

The bird breeding season is typically between March and the end of August. It is recommended that site clearance works should be conducted outside of this period. Should works that may impact upon breeding birds be unavoidable during this period, then a nesting bird survey will be required before works commence. These works include:

- Vegetation clearance (including trimming or cutting trees, bushes, hedges and rough vegetation)

- Demolition work within close proximity of vegetation

All wild birds in the UK, their nests and eggs are protected by law. It is illegal to kill, injure or capture wild birds, or to damage, destroy or take their nests or eggs

If you do not take appropriate measures, you risk breaking this law.
Penalties on conviction include

- An unlimited fine

- Up to six months in prison

In order to conduct your nesting bird check, Midland Ecology will require the following information:

- The full site address

- Your/your client’s name and contact details (e-mail address and telephone number)

- Your builder's/contractor's name and contact details (e-mail address and telephone number)

- Full site plan (current condition in pdf, jpeg, png or any standard image format).

- Your development proposals (in pdf, jpeg, png or any standard image format).

- A copy of any ecological surveys previously carried out on site.

- A schedule of planned works.

Nesting bird checks are required for works between March and the end of August (the bird breeding season). An ecologist will need to observe and inspect the vegetation to be cleared for a minimum of 1 hour before works are due to commence.

This survey can be undertaken in most weathers, however birds are not active during strong winds, heavy rain or snow.

A nesting bird check prevents disturbance to nesting birds by recommending how to proceed with the works in a legal and ecologically sensitive manner. This might mean leaving a portion of the site undisturbed, should an active bird nest be found.

A nesting bird check involves a 1 hour observation period and thorough physical inspection by an ecologist. Should any active nests be observed during the survey, the ecologist will recommend exclusion zones within which works will be restricted until the birds have fledged. If it is not possible to fully observe or inspect all of the vegetation to be cleared, the ecologist will be required to supervise the clearance.

It is not necessary for you to be present during the survey as long as the site is accessible and it is clear which areas are to be cleared.

The cost of a nesting bird check is determined by the size of the area to be cleared and the length of time expected to be required on site. Call us on 07854473385 or e-mail us for a more detailed quote.

If there are no birds nesting in the vegetation, then works can continue and a letter report will be provided to confirm that a nesting bird check took place prior to the commencement of works.

Should any active nests be observed during the survey, the ecologist will recommend exclusion zones within which works will be restricted until the birds have fledged. Depending on the species, your ecologist should be able to advise a likely timescale for continuing the works in these areas.