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There is often the misconception that some birds are exempt from protection i.e. feral pigeons, magpies, crows etc., but this is not the case:
All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) whilst they are actively nesting or roosting.
It is also an offence to take or destroy any wild bird eggs.
In addition, bird species listed under Schedule 1(3) of the Act receive extra protection.