No one wants unexpected delays to planned site works, so this is a friendly reminder that the nesting bird season is rapidly approaching.

The nesting bird season is generally accepted to run from 1 March to 31 August (when the majority of UK breeding species, although not all, nest). All wild birds and their nests receive protection under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) in respect of killing and injury, and their nests, whilst being built or in use, cannot be taken, damaged or destroyed.

We recommend that tree surgery and vegetation clearance works are planned to account for this and that works are undertaken prior to March whereever possible to avoid unforeseen programme issues (particularly for proposed summer developments).

MKA Ecologists can undertake nesting bird checks for you but this is likely to be least disruptive in March and August when fewer bird species are on the nest, and it remains our advice that checks in the heart of the breeding season (late March to mid-July) are avoided, as birds are likely to have already begun breeding on site. If breeding birds are present, then we can also provide advice on what species are present and provide an estimation of when the chicks will likely be fledged so that works programmes can be managed accordingly.

More information can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wild-birds-surveys-and-mitigation-for-development-projects

Contact us for help and advice.