All wild birds are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). It is an offence to kill, injure or take a wild bird or to take, damage or destroy bird eggs or nests at any build stage (with exception to certain pest species). Bird species included within Schedule 1 of the Act are also protected against disturbance whilst nesting.
In addition, 49 species of birds are of Principal Importance (S41 list) in England. These species are regarded as conservation priorities under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework of the UK BAP and should be given particular consideration in development and land management plans.
Birds nest in most types of habitat, including buildings and bare ground. If breeding birds are known or suspected on a site, a survey and mitigation strategy may be required.
Bernwood can undertake a site survey in advance of works commencing to identifiy habitat with potential, and recommend mitigation measures to prevent delays to your development project.
In addition, Bernwood can offer winter and breeding bird surveys to support of Agricultural Environment Schemes and long term monitoring. We have many years experience of providing bespoke recommendations on habitat creation and enhancement for birds, which can be used to support BREEAM assessments.
Get in touch with Bernwood to discuss your requirements.