Most construction projects look to start in the spring as the promise of longer daylight hours and warmer drier weather bode well for outdoor construction works.
This is also the time that most bird species in the UK are starting to enter their nesting seasons. It is when the birds do start to nest that your construction projects can be brought to a halt for the main part of the year through till the end of August, at which time most of the birds will be finishing their breeding.
All bird species in the UK are protected by law under the Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981. It is an offence (with certain exceptions) to:
• intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird
• intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built
• intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird
• intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird
What does this mean to you?
The local planning authority (LPA) has a statutory duty to consider the conservation, protection and enhancement of biodiversity when determining a planning application within the UK
This in turn requires most planning developments to provide an Ecological Assessment
Where an ecological assessment identifies the need for mitigation, European Protected Species mitigation licences, precautionary methods of working, mitigation or compensation measures, then proposals for these must be provided along with the planning application submission.
Your operations must not impact upon any nesting birds as you will be held legally responsible for any such action. Pestpro Bird Solutions can help you here to understand the minefield of legislation that surrounds Wildlife law.
As sites are prepared for development then this is when nesting birds are at danger of being disturbed or even worse abandon their nest sites due to the disturbance.
Pestpro Bird Solutions carry out effective mitigation programmes from March through to August in order to identify and log any birds in courtship that may go on to nest within the operational area and then to deliver a range of effective solutions to enable your project to roll out smoothly whilst staying within the Law.