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Dislodging nesting birds and their young 14 June 2006

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is investigating reports of people dislodging nesting birds and their young during works on buildings.

Birds’ nests are protected whilst in use, as well as the chicks and eggs. If anyone sees nest removals, they should contact the Police (telephone 631212 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111) or the Department (telephone 842335) immediately.

Typical species involved are house martins, swallows and pigeons, though other species may also be encountered.

If you encounter birds’ nests whilst planning or undertaking works, leave them undisturbed until they are no longer in use. Work can then proceed. The Department‘s Wildlife and Conservation Division can advise, where necessary.

The Manx Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is looking after the young birds in the cases under investigation. However, the chance of survival of very young wild birds in captivity is low, without the care and attention of the parents and their natural food.

For further information, please contact –

Richard Selman, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (telephone 842335); or

Lynn Renshaw, MSPCA (telephone 851672)

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