All birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) whilst they are breeding. Nests, eggs and unfledged young are protected from damage and destruction. Certain species gain additional protection from Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, for these species it is illegal to disturb a bird whilst: nest building, at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young.
Nesting bird surveys are required prior to vegetation clearance in the nesting bird season (March to September inclusive) to ensure no active bird nests are present prior to the commencement of works. If an active nest is found to be present a suitable buffer zone will be demarked until the chicks have fledged.
Nesting bird check: March to September inclusive with some weather dependant variation.