Legislation

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Wildlife Legislation -  Species Licensing.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals, plants, and certain habitats in the UK.

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence to:

  • Intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird 
  • Intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built 
  • Intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird 
  • Have in one's possession or control any wild bird, dead or alive, or any part of a wild bird, which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • Have in one's possession or control any egg or part of an egg which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • Use traps or similar items to kill, injure or take wild birds
  • Have in one's possession or control any bird of a species occurring on Schedule 4 of the Act unless registered, and in most cases ringed, in accordance with the Secretary of State's regulations (see Schedules) 
  • Intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.   

Please note that due to devolution there are some significant differences in the law between the countries of Wales, England and Scotland.

Hawksdrift can control certain species for specific reasons under licence, all of our methods comply with legislation.

Where species or circumstances arise that are not covered under general licence we can apply for site specific licensing for our client from the government bodies Natural Resources Wales and Natural England.

For further information and all specialist queries it is advisable to contact us directly.

Health & Safety

SAFEContractor Accreditation for health and safety compliance.We are audited & approved on our Health and Safety documentation and practices.

The IPAF training programme for platform operators was developed by leading industry professionals. It is certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standard ISO 18878 Mobile elevating work platforms. All of our team fully IPAF qualified to work on with powered platforms.


It is a legal requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work have been provided with asbestos awareness training. UKATA provide a broad range of asbestos training from general training to specific training for individual tasks related to asbestos. All of our team are fully trained for asbestos awareness.


IRATA International’s rope access system is a safe method of working at height where ropes and associated equipment are used to gain access to and from the workplace, and to be supported there. Our team are fully IRATA qualified, allowing them to install bird control solutions in a range of hard to reach areas.


All of our team are fully qualified with the LANTRA advanced falconry qualification and have a large amount of experience with handling and dealing with birds of prey.


For dealing with elevated locations, our team are fully PASMA qualified. Founded in 1974,PASMA is the recognised focus and authority for mobile access towers. Advancing safety, standards and best practice across a wide range of sectors and represents the interests of its members across the world.

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