During the bird breeding season, which is generally between March and August, all breeding birds in Scotland are legally protected whilst nesting, and this includes species that are widespread and common. Any habitat that is used by breeding birds, including ground nesting species, requires a breeding bird survey (BBS) prior to any works or activity that may potentially cause disturbance. This can include (but is not limited to) scrub, trees, grassland or buildings. Certain species listed on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 have enhanced protection, including species such as Barn Owl (Tyto alba) and Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).
Our ornithologists can conduct breeding bird surveys and also advise on the best course of action if breeding birds are found. We are able to conduct bird surveys following a variety of accepted methods and for a number of purposes, such as:
- Nesting bird surveys and monitoring
- Vantage point surveys
- Breeding raptor surveys
- Black Grouse lek surveys
- Winter wetland birds surveys
- Monitoring of Schedule 1 species.
Our ornithologists have experience from a range of projects from monitoring raptors on large wind farm developments, to checking nests in small-scale barn conversions. Call us to discuss you bird survey requirements.