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Old 25-11-16   #1 (permalink)
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Rook nests

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Does anyone know what the rules are around rook nests?
I was looking at a copper beech today which has been recommended for dismantling due to damaged roots and ganoderma fungus at the base. It is considered dangerous due to proximity to a car park.
There are several rook nests in the top of the tree which are currently in use, though I am assuming as it is well before nesting season there will be no eggs.
However I am still concerned that this poses a potential problem as I would have thought it is an offence to disturb the active nests?

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Re: Rook nests

Good question, I hope we get some answers.

Do rooks roost there?
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Re: Rook nests

Good question, rooks are protected and its an offence to disturb active nests, I would contact the rspb and find out your legal rights as to destroying non active nests,
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Rooks ain't protected, they are on the general license. https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...hs-licence.PDF

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Re: Rook nests

When were rooks protected also RSPB may be the wrong people to ask you maybe better with Natural England how will authorise a exemption if you need one.
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Re: Rook nests

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Rooks ain't protected, they are in the open license. https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...hs-licence.PDF
just googled "are rooks protected" I'm wrong as long as you obtain a certain licence
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Re: Rook nests

I think they are " legitimate quarry species " when flying and on crops but it is a crime to disturb or kill them when nesting .
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Re: Rook nests

It's a misconception that anything on the General Licence can just be killed by anyone whenever they feel like it. Rooks are on the General Licence.


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[QUOTE=Mark Bolam;1525540]It's a misconception that anything on the General Licence can just be killed by anyone whenever they feel like it. Rooks are on the General License.

If it flies, it dies.
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Don't you mean 'If it flies I shoot at it and it flies off laughing'?



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