How to Get Rid of Jackdaws
If you have had a birds nest in your chimney in the past it is likely that the birds will return again the next year to nest in the same place. It is recommended to have a bird guard fitted when the nest is empty to prevent them returning. Often jackdaws like to nest in chimneys, and they will make a racket talking to each other early in the morning. If they lose their home, then they may leave.
You should also clean out your gutters. Dirty gutters are playgrounds for bugs, which makes them very attractive to jackdaws. If you have plastic or aluminium guttering you can have fitted a mesh the entire length of your guttering to prevent this happening again.
The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is the primary legislation which protects animals, plants, and certain 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. However, we cannot hope to answer all specialist queries or problems on the website. For detailed information, it is advisable to consult the Act itself, which is available from HMSO.
Please also note that because of devolution there are now some significant differences in the law between the constituent countries of the UK.
Definition of a wild bird
Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, a wild bird is defined as any bird of a species that is resident in or is a visitor to the European Territory of any member state in a wild state.
Game birds however are not included in this definition (except for limited parts of the Act). They are covered by the Game Acts, which fully protect them during the close season.
The maximum penalty that can be imposed for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act - in respect of a single bird, nest or egg - is a fine of up to £5,000, and/or six months' imprisonment.
All bats are protected by law. Contact your nearest bat group: address from The Bat Conservation Trust, 15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Road, London SW8 4BG. Tel: 0845 1300 228.
IMPORTANT: If you find a sick or ailing bat, you should not approach or handle the animal but seek advice from the Bat Conservation Trust.