weenellie wrote: »
Only quoting what hospital told us. But I am more concerned about my daughter and great grandson, their lives are more important than any bird
emmiemac wrote: »
Just wondered if anyone had any idea how to prevent housemartins nesting on your buliding. They built one last year just below our roof right above where we have our bench to sit out on (the only place we can put it), and the droppings were awful. This is driving my husband crazy so please help. They look like they're wanting to bulid one in the same place again and just wondered what might deter them.
Cecil_McFarland wrote: »
The first thing to bear in mind, is that it is illegal to remove an active nest. You can, however take steps to prevent nesting when an old nest is vacated or, before they actually start to build.
Wig wrote: »
House martins are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to kill, injure or take an adult bird, or to take, damage or destroy the eggs, young or nest of a house martin whilst it is being built or in use. The Act allows for fines of up to £5,000 for every bird, egg or nest destroyed, or even custodial sentences. If maintenance work that would affect either a natural or artificial house martin nest needs to be carried out, this should be scheduled for the autumn, winter or early spring when the birds are not in residence. At this time of the year one can remove the nests to carry out the work. Make sure that you replace any artificial nests to exactly the same spot where they came from house martins are very particular about the exact location of their nest.
wealdroam wrote: »
Thanks for your words of wisdom, Cecil.
I guess you didn't notice that we were informed of that about eight years ago...
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