Breeding Bird Checks

From £599

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Breeding Bird Checks are a focused survey used to determine whether breeding birds are present in a specific patch of habitat – usually prior to vegetation clearance. The surveys are carried out throughout the breeding bird season (March to August).

Your Arbtech consultant will undertake three dawn monitoring visits to establish whether breeding birds are actively nesting on your site.

This survey may be required by planning condition.

Full UK Coverage

Our experienced team of surveyors cover all areas of the UK.

Unbeatable Price

Our attention to detail, investment in technology and sheer scale allow us to keep prices low.

Money back guarantee

Your planning authority will accept our report, or you get your money back!

Unbeatable Speed

Instant quotes. Enquiries responded to in hours, not days. Surveys in days, not weeks.

We SAVE You Money

Our efficiency and expertise has saved our customers tens of millions of pounds in delays on site.

Proven Record

We provide thousands of ecological or arboricultural surveys each year.

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How it Works

We know speed is important to you. That's why we are obsessed with delivering the fastest, most efficient service possible. Here's how it works:

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We will take your details and send you a quote explaining everything you need to know. We will also send a booking form along with the quote.

Give us the go-ahead

Complete the booking form to give us the go ahead. You can also pay over the phone or via bank transfer.

We get to work

Our surveyor will be in touch to arrange a date to complete your Breeding Bird Checks. They will carry out your survey quickly and efficiently.

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Survey Calendar

When can this survey be done?

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Mar March - yes
Apr April - yes
May May - yes
Jun June - yes
Jul July - yes
Aug August - yes
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Learn More

If you need a breeding bird check, there are probably a few questions you have. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), makes it an offence to intentionally harm or take any wild bird, damage or destroy its nest whilst in use or being built, or take or destroy its eggs. There are also other birds listed under Schedule 1 which have additional protections in place.

If breeding birds are found on your development, there a number of measures which can be taken in order to protect the birds including:

  • moving the development away from any breeding birds
  • avoiding doing works during the breeding season (March to August)
  • protecting and maintaining important habitats
  • removing parts of a habitat when they are not in use by birds
  • providing bird boxes and ledges in order to provide alternative nesting sites to breeding birds
  • Creating a new habitat for breeding birds.

Sometimes, a licence is required in order to allow works to proceed legally if, for example harm cannot be avoided to Schedule 1 birds.

It is important to use the services of an experienced and qualified surveyor when carrying out a breeding bird survey. Breaking the law can lead to fines of up to £5000 per offence and prison sentences of up to six months are possible.

Starting Your Breeding Bird Check

If you would like to get started with your breeding bird check then simply send us a message using the form above or give our team a call. We will take some details about your project and provide you with a free quote. The quote will explain everything you need to know about your breeding bird check. When you are ready to proceed you simply send us a booking form which we provide and we’ll get to work.