‘Schedule 1’ generally refers to birds and their young, for which it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an ‘active’ nest
  • The best way to understand disturbance, whether intentional or reckless (ie pursuing a course of action while consciously disregarding the fact that the action gives rise to a substantial and unjustifiable risk), is to think that it includes any action that causes a nesting Schedule 1 bird to behave differently to how it would behave if that individual wasn’t there.
  • This includes getting too close and flushing, alarming, or causing a nesting bird listed on Schedule 1 to stop what it was doing; and/or using a recording/tape lure that causes a nesting bird listed on Schedule 1 to react in any way at all – whether that behaviour is a ‘normal’ response to hearing the call or not.
  • It is not an excuse for a person to claim that they thought that no nesting activity was taking place.

 
In basic terms if an individual does anything that intentionally or recklessly causes any of the birds listed below (whether a nesting adult or young in the nest) to change behaviour then that individual is breaking the law.


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Avocet
Bee-eater
Bittern
Bittern, Little
Bluethroat
Brambling
Bunting, Cirl
Bunting, Lapland
Bunting, Snow
Buzzard, Honey
Capercaillie (in Scotland)
Chough
Corncrake
Crake, Spotted
Crossbill (all species)
Diver (all species)
Dotterel
Duck, Long-tailed
Eagle, Golden
Eagle, White-tailed
Fieldfare
Firecrest
Garganey
Godwit, Black-tailed
Goshawk
Gyrfalcon
Grebe, Black-necked
Grebe, Slavonian
Greenshank
Gull, Little
Gull, Mediterranean
Harriers (all species)
Heron, Purple
Hobby
Hoopoe
Kingfisher
Kite, Red
Merlin
Oriole, Golden
Osprey
Owl, Barn
Owl, Snowy
Peregrine
Petrel, Leach’s
Phalarope, Red-necked
Plover, Kentish
Plover, Little Ringed
Quail, Common
Redstart, Black
Redwing
Rosefinch, Scarlet
Ruff
Sandpiper, Green
Sandpiper, Purple
Sandpiper, Wood
Scaup
Scoter, Common
Scoter, Velvet
Serin
Shorelark
Shrike, Red-backed
Spoonbill
Stilt, Black-winged
Stint, Temminck’s
Stone Curlew
Swan, Bewick’s
Swan, Whooper
Tern, Black
Tern, Little
Tern, Roseate
Tit, Bearded
Tit, Crested
Treecreeper, Short-toed
Warbler, Cetti’s
Warbler, Dartford
Warbler, Marsh
Warbler, Savi’s
Whimbrel
Woodlark
Wryneck

 
 
 
Page updated January 2015
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1 Comment

  1. Ian Smith
    July 26, 2014

    Thank you for the very useful information regarding photographing Schedule 1 listed birds. I am a nature lover first, photographer second so I always have the utmost regard when photographing wildlife so not to disturb any nesting birds nor their habitat. I also don’t believe in ‘baiting’ to attract wildlife, if I wanted a photo of eating habits then I prefer photos of eating food that the animal has sourced for itself. Also I do not believe in using bird call recordings to attract birds, it would be worth pointing out that bird sound cd’s can cause some birds to vacate the nest.

    I am a voluntary photographer for Brecklands RSPB.

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