What should I do to make sure that Bats are not affected?
All British Bat species are protected by law and many bats roost in trees
; although some bat species have adapted to living in buildings, trees
still remain important throughout the year for most of the UK’s 16 species. Suitable trees
are becoming fewer and further between ...
Bats and trees: Who does what where!
There are currently 18 species of bats resident in the UK, many of which use trees
in their daily activities. Just as people use trees
for different purposes, different bat species use trees
in different ways. Food: The UK’’s bats are all insectivorous. As trees
So what actions can contractors take to ensure compliance to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981?
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 nest...
When is the bird nest season?
The ‘Bird Nesting Season’ is officially from February until August (Natural England) and it is recommended that vegetation works (tree or hedge cutting) or site clearance should be done outside of the nesting season. However, in reality the nesting period may start before thi...
What birds are protected?
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...
Should Ivy be removed from trees?
For many years, gardeners and arborists alike would, as a matter of common tree maintenance, clear ivy from trees
in order to remove the competition for light, water and nutrients, as well as the potential threat of the ivy totally smothering the tree. However, in the light o...
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So what can we expect if we find ourselves in breach of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 act?
Magistrates’ Courts operate a tiered fines system dependent on the seriousness of the offence. This could be up to £5000 or for the most serious offences an unlimited amount. Other alternative punishments issued by Magistrates’ Courts include a community sentence like unpaid ...