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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 these pest birds. The treatment of wild birds/animals also comes in to play under the 2006 animal welfare act.

  All wild birds in the UK including their nests and eggs have always been protected. by the (click here wildlife and countryside Act 1981). The licenses available to control birds outside this act have changed and not the 1981 act itself. It is now an offence to instruct or 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. Any one associated with committing and offence under this legislation could be fined and possibly receive a jail sentence.

  Any lethal control measures must be carried out under a license, there are two types of licence that are normally used for bird pest control, the general licensees and a breed specific license. The breed specific license has to be applied for, Dealey Bird control and falconry will always do this for you, it is assessed by the governments governing bodies, The Breed specific licence is used to control birds that are not listed on the varies General licences or for covering scenarios not listed.

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 are what we commonly work under.




The 2006 animal welfare act, was brought in to protect birds/animals and pets 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 the pest bird/animal to become trapped or entangled, in law you become responsible for that bird/animals’ wellbeing, the act also means dependent young still in a nest are your responsibility if you knowingly remove the adult birds either by killing it or preventing it from getting back to that area, You must provide care or kill the young to prevent suffering. The wildlife and countryside act general licences does not allow the killing of young birds if it is feasibly possible to remove it, as it can be cared for and removed from the area it was causing an issue. By not following either of these two acts of law you become liable to prosecution with a fine and possibly a jail sentence.

The installation of preventative measures should always be carried out by a professional bird control company and where ever possible outside the breeding season. So, you don’t become an unintentional law breaker. 

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 always come to your site first and advise on all the practical methods and services available, making sure 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, before undertaking any form of lethal control. If the relevant bird species is not covered under the general license, Dealey Bird control and Falconry will advise you of this and if needed apply for the specific licence on your behalf.


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.
  • If implementing a closed-door policy, is not possible and the door need 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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