What is an Annex 1 species?

Annex I of the Birds Directive lists 193 species and sub-species which are: in danger of extinction; vulnerable to specific changes in their habitat; considered rare because of small populations or restricted local distribution; requiring particular attention for reasons of the specific nature of habitat.

What is a schedule 1 bird?

Schedule 1 – Part I. Birds and their young, for which it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an ‘active’ nest: Avocet. Bee-eater. Bittern.

What is an Annex 2 species?

Annex II species (about 900): core areas of their habitat are designated as sites of Community importance (SCIs) and included in the Natura 2000 network.

What are Natura 2000 sites?

Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right.

What is Iropi?

IROPI test: IROPI stands for imperative reasons of overriding public importance. If there are such reasons then the proposed development can be allowed so long as compensatory measures are taken to ensure the overall coherence of Natura 2000 is protected (Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive).

What does the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 do?

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals, plants and habitats in the UK. Information on the legal protection afforded to wild birds in England, Wales and Scotland in Part 1 of the Act is given in these pages.

Which birds are not protected by law?

According to Kim Lewis, bird division manager at Ehrlich, “There are only three birds that are not federally protected: Feral pigeons, European starlings and House sparrows.”

Are all UK birds protected?

All wild bird species, their eggs and nests are protected by law. You must always try to avoid harming birds or to use measures which do not kill or injure them before considering taking harmful action.

What are European designated sites?

The term ‘European site’ is being used to refer to what were previously known as ‘Natura’ sites. This recognises that Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) protect species and habitats shared across Europe and were originally designated under European legislation.

Is it illegal to collect feathers UK?

FEATHERS AND BONES The RSPB told me that while it is an offence to take or possess ‘any part of a wild bird’, provided you happened upon feathers innocently and they were cast from the bird naturally, then it’s okay to take them.

Is it illegal to disturb birds nests?

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions (see Exceptions), to: 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.

Are sparrows illegal to poison?

Since all bird species in the U.S., with some exceptions, this makes it illegal to kill them. Most birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), so it pays to know which species are off-limits before you take aim.