Well, it’s not uncommon especially if you are demolishing a building, cutting down a tree, hedge cutting, or disrupting a habitat that may contain ground-nesting species.
All nesting birds are protected by law, under the Habitats Regulations 2010. No matter what the species! The regulation means that it is an offense to intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct a birds nest.
If a habitat shows potential for nesting birds on a development site, our fully licensed ornithologists will be able to advise on the best nesting bird survey solutions.
At this point, we’d like to give you some good news. Nesting Birds almost never stop your development.
But what is the nesting bird survey and mitigation process? Firstly, the need for nesting bird surveys will generally be identified at the time of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal also know as a Habitat Walkover or Phase 1 Survey.
If the potential for nesting birds is shown, then presence nesting bird surveys may need to be completed. These nesting bird surveys need to show whether nesting birds are present in the area, what populations are like, and how they use the site.
If protected species are detected, then a mitigation plan is designed to show how you’ll avoid, reduce, or manage any negative effects on them. Working with your ecologist you need to decide which methods are right for the project you’re working on.
A mitigation licence from Natural England may be required. However, usually, we are able to work to a Reasonable Avoidance Measure (RAM) to keep the process cost-effective and quick.