Wild birds are opportunists and will utilise any suitable structure providing it gives suitable shelter for nesting or roosting and is near a habitat with a food source. Conflict with bird species, that cause project delays, is an increasing problem due to the erosion of natural habitat and the readily available food sources in or near urban environments.
Costly delays can however be prevented with a proactive approach. Most developers and councils consider the impact and implication of a development or redevelopment on birds and wildlife at the planning stage of a project.
Ecological surveys can then be integrated to the project timescale so adequate measures are implemented – bird proofing or habitat management for example – and a realistic project timescale without delays can be implement. Of course its not always that straight forward as birds can potentially begin nesting at any time unless measures to deter them are implemented throughout a project.
The Legal Situation
Once a bird has nested the law states that the nest cannot be tampered with, removed or the birds disturbed or killed (Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981). The best solution therefore is to prevent birds access to areas that they find attractive for nesting – derelict buildings, building structures, greenfield or brownfield, before birds start nesting.
If you require advice to prevent nesting birds our teams are the UK’s leading experts. Our advice is free and out teams will complete a survey and report with recommendations for mitigation measures. You can talk to your local team by calling 0800 169 9646.
It’s not only ground nesting birds or pigeons that can occupy derelict buildings or sites marked for development. Wildlife species such as bats, badgers or newts can also set up home at sites earmarked for development or redevelopment. Again proactive action is best at the planning stage and our local teams are available to consult and provide advice.