Care needed around nests dur­ing breed­ing sea­son

The Oban Times - - News -

AS NEST­ING sea­son be­gins for many birds, Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) and the Part­ner­ship for Ac­tion Against Wildlife Crime ( PAW Scot­land) are re­mind­ing the pub­lic to be aware that birds are vul­ner­a­ble at this time of year and de­stroy­ing or dam­ag­ing a nest while in use is il­le­gal.

Birds’ nests are dam­aged by tree felling or prun­ing as well as build­ing work. Blocking en­try holes to nests within houses is an­other com­mon threat, as is dam­age to nests in house eaves or on sites be­ing cleared for de­vel­op­ment. Dogs can be a risk if not un­der con­trol.

Penal­ties for de­stroy­ing, dam­ag­ing, tak­ing, ob­sruct­ing or in­ter­fer­ing in any wild bird nest while it is be­ing built or in use can be a fine of up to £ 5,000 and/or six months’ jail.

Andy Turner, SNH’s wildlife crime of­fi­cer, said: ‘ Birds are very vul­ner­a­ble dur­ing spring and sum­mer, so we’d urge peo­ple to be very care­ful and check for nests be­fore be­gin­ning any ma­jor gar­den or build­ing work. With many of our gar­den bird species de­clin­ing, a few sim­ple checks or chang­ing the tim­ing of works to avoid the bird breed­ing sea­son can help con­serve birds and pre­vent of­fences from be­ing com­mit­ted.’

Ian Fran­cis, RSPB con­ser­va­tion man­ager for East Scot­land, added: ‘In the past 12 months, the RSPB has re­ceived more than 2,000 in­quiries from the pub­lic about po­ten­tial wildlife crime, of which at least 300 re­lated to pos­si­ble de­struc­tion of nests and around 90 re­lated to pos­si­bly de­stroy­ing nest­ing habi­tats such as hedges and trees.

‘ This is a mat­ter that con­cerns many peo­ple, and we urge home own­ers and any­one man­ag­ing land or build­ings to fol­low the avail­able guid­ance and avoid harm­ing nest­ing birds.’

Any sus­pected of­fences in re­la­tion to birds (or any other wildlife crime) should be re­ported to Po­lice Scot­land as soon as pos­si­ble on 101.

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