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The Law

Legislation around nuisance birds has changed.

 The days have gone when you could book a technician to come in and shoot/kill pest birds. In 2018 the government tightened up the licenses used to control pest birds and is being reviewed every six months.

 All wild birds in the UK including their nests and eggs, have always been protected by the (click here) wildlife and countryside Act 1981. It is now an offence to instruct any person to carry out any control measures that interfere with breeding or to kill any birds, even if deemed necessary without considering all non-lethal methods first. Anyone associated with committing an offence under this legislation could be fined an unlimited amount and possibly receive a six-month jail sentence for each bird.

 Any lethal control measures must be carried out under a license; there are three types of licence used for bird control, breed-specific, air safety and general licensees. The air safety and breed-specific license have to be applied for, Dealey Bird control and falconry will always do this for you; the government bodies assess it. 

Click the links for your own countries licensing overview.

Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH),  Natural Resource Wales  Northern Ireland Department of the Environment, these determine what actions can be taken in each country.

 Click here to see our non-lethal services. If you can prove that non-lethal control measures are not sufficient, the links below to the general licenses may be used.




The 2006 animal welfare act was brought in to protect all animals in the care of humans. In law, any animal in our care must have access to water, food, shelter, space to move and veterinary care if needed.

If your company traps any animal inside a building or has a bird proofing system installed that allows an animal to become trapped or entangled knowingly in law, you become responsible for that animal's wellbeing. The act also means dependent young still in a nest are your responsibility if you knowingly remove, kill or prevent the parents from caring for its young, you must provide care or kill the young to prevent suffering should this happen. The wildlife and countryside act general licences do not allow the killing of young birds if it is feasibly possible to remove it, as care can now be given once removed. By not following either of these two acts, you become liable to prosecution with a fine and possibly a jail sentence.

A professional bird control company should always carry out the installation of preventative measures and, where ever possible outside the breeding season, so you don't become an unintentional lawbreaker. 


Dealey bird control and falconry work closely with two animal rescue charities who understand our industry and are always happy to take any birds and animals that need rehoming. We will, as a professional bird control company always carry out the installation of preventative measures, so your company does not fall fail of the licencing requirements and other acts. We will always try to dissuade problematic bird from your location and recommend and create a less attractive environment for the nuisance birds on your premises first. Before undertaking any form of lethal control, the relevant bird species must be covered under the general license or the specific licenses required. Dealey Bird control and Falconry will advise you of this. 


What could you do to help yourself:

  • Recording all bird deterrent actions undertaken so they can be used as a reference should they not work.
  • Limiting food sources and anything they can use to build nests is strongly advised.
  • Where safe, remove redundant nests. (Check they are definitely not being used).
  • Where and when birds start to congregate, they should be scared away by site personnel repeatedly.
  • Entry points were practical should be proofed to deny access to birds.
  • Implement a closed-door policy, if this is not possible and the door needs to remain open for extended periods, strip curtains or similar should be considered and installed where possible, to limit birds entering.

We will always use our professional knowledge, expertise and experience to ensure that we keep your business operating within all relevant bird legislation.

The installation of preventative measures should always be carried out by a professional.

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