The breeding season between 1 March to 31 July is a particularly sensitive time of year for ground nesting birds.
We need your help in ensuring chiff-chaffs, black caps, meadow pipit, yellow wagtails, redshank, snipe, lapwings and swans – amongst others! – are able to lay and protect their eggs safely.
If birds are disturbed these birds can be prevented from roosting in the first place, or end up in flying away from the nests, abandoning their eggs or chicks. For this month’s blog, I’d like to share some facts that will hopefully help spread awareness of how to ensure the birds nest undisturbed.
FACT: All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 whilst they are actively nesting or roosting.
FACT: It is a criminal offence to disturb rare breeding birds, including Peregrine Falcons, Merlins and Hen Harriers. This includes disturbance by your dog.
Finally, here’s three things you can do to help during ground nesting bird season (1 March to 31 July).
Your help is invaluable in helping Dartington’s conservation programmes. Thank you!