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Damaging bird nests can destroy our wildlife for future generations’, says rural crime officer

Crime / Sun 28th Apr 2024 at 07:42am

IF you’re thinking of cutting your hedge or pruning a tree, remember it’s illegal to take, damage or destroy any birds’ nests, our Rural Engagement Team warns.

“Everyone knows that stealing wild birds’ eggs is a crime but not everyone is aware that it’s also illegal to take, damage or destroy any birds’ nests,” says Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime officer PC Jed Raven.

“Most birds nest between March and August but some will nest outside these months so if you are cutting hedges or pruning trees at any time of year, you must make sure there is not an active bird nest in the branches before you start work.”

Simply disturbing nesting birds can cause parent birds to abandon their nests, eggs or young, leaving them to die.

Jed adds: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy nature and the countryside safely but that can only continue if we ensure that our wildlife is protected and preserved, not just for us but for generations to come.”

All wild birds, their nests and eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

To find out more about #OperationEaster – the national policing response to egg thefts – and what you can do if you see anyone acting suspiciously around nesting birds, click on the link in Comments.

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1 Comment for Damaging bird nests can destroy our wildlife for future generations’, says rural crime officer:

Nostradamus
2024-04-29 07:13:45

Yet around the country developers are allowed to rip out hundreds of miles of hedgerows and thousands of trees without being held to account. When developments are planned such wholesale destruction can be avoided by giving these valuable parts of the environment priority protection and by building around them. Hedgerows and even mature trees can be moved and replanted if done at the right time of year, it's done in other countries. However in the uk developers profits are given top priority probably because they make large donations to political parties and politicians election funds.

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