One of the recommendations that crops up in many ecology reports is the timing of site clearance works to avoid the nesting bird season. Birds can nest in all kinds of habitat including grassland, cereal crops, hedgerows and buildings, and the ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from 1st March until 31st July (Natural England, 2010).
All nesting birds (and this really means all, even feral pigeons) are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird or damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built.
Of course, in many cases it is not possible or practical to remove vegetation outside of this period and clearance has to take place during the nesting season. One of the ways to stay legally compliant is to have the vegetation thoroughly inspected by a suitably experienced ecologist for nests immediately prior to removal (often at dawn on the proposed day of clearance). Richard Hall Ltd will work with your ecologist to survey vegetation and trees so works can continue.