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Bird and Barn Owl Surveys

All wild birds are protected by law in England and Wales

All UK wild birds, and their nests, are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981(as amended) which means that it is an offence to:

• Intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird.
• Intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built.
• Intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird.
• possess, control or transport live or dead wild birds, or parts of them, or their eggs.
• sell wild birds or put them on display for sale.
• use prohibited methods to kill or take wild birds.

A red list is also applied to the UK bird population which separates different bird species according to the population trends and numbers of each species. Red listed species are of conservation concern, amber listed species are or critical concern while green listed species are least critical.

 The protection is required because the UK bird population has suffered a significant decline in numbers due to habitat loss through the intensification of agricultural practices and building and development works. These threats have caused a loss in feeding and nesting opportunities due to the removal of habitats such as hedgerows and the renovation of old buildings.

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