What birds are protected?
There is often the misconception that some birds are exempt from protection i.e. feral pigeons, magpies, crows etc., but this is not the case: All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) whilst they are actively nesting or roosting...
So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?
Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid ...
So what actions can contractors take to ensure compliance to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981?
A few things that contractors should consider putting in place: Tool box talk in regards to nesting birds: what to look for and what to do if there is nesting activity within the trees or vegetation being worked on. Record on all pre-works wildlife assessments e.g. ‘no nest...
How can I find out if the trees within my ownership are protected?
You can check to see if a property or area of land has a Tree Preservation Order on it, or if it is located within a Conservation Area, by looking at the council website or by contacting the local council (usually the planning department). If your tree is protected then you w...
Protecting your arb equipment
One way you can counter the criminal threat is by registering your assets and reporting thefts on Arbsafe. arbsafe.co.uk The website enables users to keep a register of equipment on a secure server, report thefts and shows crime hotspots. Arbsafe is an initiative by...