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Ashbo82  
#1 Posted : 15 May 2018 09:15:53(UTC)
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Ashbo82

Bit of a random one for us at our site this.

A company are in to do some roof repairs on one of our warehouse buildings. They have all the necessary equipment etc and will be working off a scissor lift.

The concern is that there are a couple of seagull nests on the roof near to where the work is expected to be carried out and unsure as to whether its ok to work in the vicinity of the nests, given the possible risk of being attacked by the birds. (Something that has happened I am told in the past).

Aware that the work is the priority and needs to be done before any change in weather happens and that the contractors can't wait around until the birds leave etc, but its more a concern if the nests need to be moved or interfered with as to whether this is allowed?

Anyone got any suggestions or thoughts on this? 

Cheers

Murra1960  
#2 Posted : 15 May 2018 10:47:12(UTC)
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Murra1960

You're correct in suggesting it's a risk! Gulls are notorious for their protectiveness when nesting. And it is against the law to interfere with any bird nest.

O'Donnell54548  
#3 Posted : 15 May 2018 11:23:46(UTC)
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O'Donnell54548

Originally Posted by: Murra1960 Go to Quoted Post

You're correct in suggesting it's a risk! Gulls are notorious for their protectiveness when nesting. And it is against the law to interfere with any bird nest.

Reference the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 "an authorised person (eg a landowner or occupier) may kill or take, in certain situations and by certain methods, so called 'pest species' and destroy or take the nest or eggs of such a bird". There are several pest bird species in the UK. These include greater black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, herring gull.

A Kurdziel  
#4 Posted : 15 May 2018 12:16:17(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

As said ALL wild bird nests are protected but the government have issued what they call a General Licence that allows people to remove and destroy certain types of birds nest but only for certain limited reasons.  A copy of the licence is here- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669161/gl05-birds-phs-licence.PDF

thanks 1 user thanked A Kurdziel for this useful post.
Ashbo82 on 15/05/2018(UTC)
Hsquared14  
#5 Posted : 15 May 2018 12:19:05(UTC)
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Hsquared14

Was pipped to the post there by A Kurdziel had to check this out due to a seagull nest blocking a gulley and causing a roof leak, we also had a dead bird in a down pipe!

O'Donnell54548  
#6 Posted : 15 May 2018 13:23:15(UTC)
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O'Donnell54548

Originally Posted by: A Kurdziel Go to Quoted Post

As said ALL wild bird nests are protected but the government have issued what they call a General Licence that allows people to remove and destroy certain types of birds nest but only for certain limited reasons.  A copy of the licence is here- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669161/gl05-birds-phs-licence.PDF

At the risk of being pedantic, not ALL birds nests can be protected if you can get a license to remove/destroy some? 



Ashbo82  
#7 Posted : 15 May 2018 13:30:59(UTC)
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Ashbo82

Thanks for the feedback people. :)

I had seen that PDF Kurd had posted but wasn't sure hence the original post.

I have forwarded the details on to our site where the issue is and hopefully it should help them out.

A Kurdziel  
#8 Posted : 15 May 2018 15:09:09(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

Originally Posted by: O'Donnell54548 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: A Kurdziel Go to Quoted Post

As said ALL wild bird nests are protected but the government have issued what they call a General Licence that allows people to remove and destroy certain types of birds nest but only for certain limited reasons.  A copy of the licence is here- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/669161/gl05-birds-phs-licence.PDF

At the risk of being pedantic, not ALL birds nests can be protected if you can get a license to remove/destroy some? 

This is the way that the law has been applied. The Act protects ALL birds and their nests and the licences then permit certain birds and their nests to be taken or removed for reasons written on the licences.  I suppose it gives the government more flexibility in deciding what birds can be controlled and how. The licences are only valid for one year.  



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