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So what actions can contractors take to ensure compliance to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981?

 24/11/2015    Last Modified: 04/02/2016

A few things that contractors should consider putting in place:

Tool box talk in regards to nesting birds: what to look for and what to do if there is nesting activity within the trees or vegetation being worked on.

Record on all pre-works wildlife assessments e.g. ‘no nesting birds or nests within the tree’ as an added back up if questioned in relation to nesting bird disturbance. (Also included on SSRA)

Make sure that all staff are on board, there’s nothing worse than making the right decision for the company then being berated for how much its cost in down time or the impact it’s having on the development.

Make sure you have an open and fair system in place so if accidental damage or disturbance occurs staff will report this immediately, this allows any necessary remedial action to be taken and ensures minimal impact on wildlife and nesting birds.

Continue to work to best practice, keep up to date with current legislation and work with the statutory and volunteer organisations in the area.

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