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It’s in the news lately, developers net trees to prevent birds nesting in them, to stop peeps using that to delay development on certain sites.

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There is a FB group called 'nests not netting' from which every tree surgeon so far (my turn tonight) has been banned.

 Stuart

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1 hour ago, devon TWiG said:

The law states that it is illegal to "recklessly or intentionally " destroy or disturb birds and their nests  , sadly it seems some people take the view that they are absolutely sacred , and as others have said above people try to use wildlife and other concerns as a weapon against others  ( nimby versus developer for example )   if there is no evidence of an offence then I can not see any case to answer ....has anyone ever heard of a prosecution for such an offence ??

Unless something has changed the "reckless" word only applies to schedule 1 birds, none of the woodpeckers are in schedule 1. So as the bloke in the red fez did not intentionally disturb any nesting birds and no schedule 1 birds were affected no offence occurred.

 

Of course the only way of not being reckless is to survey for schedule 1 species first

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34 minutes ago, Mick Dempsey said:

It’s in the news lately, developers net trees to prevent birds nesting in them, to stop peeps using that to delay development on certain sites.

Trouble is it's not as effective as the developer might think. Birds get trapped and die in the nets. But I guess if it's dead you can't disturb it.

 

As to the original post. It happens all the time. I suggest having a section in your risk assessment/method statement to cover it. Fill it in on site to record the findings of your pre-commencent bird and bat checks. And have it written down in the method statement what to do if something is found.

 

And dont worry about it.

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People are very short sighted and pretty stupid.

 

Netting trees and hedges is pretty sensible really. They are going to be removed anyway. Far better than rushing to fell, leaving the brash on the ground to be chipped later, only for the birds to then nest in the piles of brash.

 

 Its rather like the people who protest about fracking, while still happy to drive their cars and heat their homes with gas.

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I used to cut a blokes beech hedge at the same time each year . Also at the same time a black bird would nest in it . We became close friends , meeting up each yea  .  She used to pop ion and out with insects for the young without taking much notice of me . This went on for 4 years . Then I topped work and maybe she still goes there . Who knows  ?

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On 14/04/2019 at 21:18, skyhuck said:

People are very short sighted and pretty stupid.

 

Netting trees and hedges is pretty sensible really. They are going to be removed anyway. Far better than rushing to fell, leaving the brash on the ground to be chipped later, only for the birds to then nest in the piles of brash.

 

 Its rather like the people who protest about fracking, while still happy to drive their cars and heat their homes with gas.

I'm not disagreeing, but then again here's lots of issues with birds either getting trapped inside the netting when it's installed or flying into it after installation. It seems a bit of a lose/lose situation either way. 

 

 

On 14/04/2019 at 21:30, EdwardC said:

Seems like agricultural exemptions are even more wide ranging than arboricultural ones :lol:

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