All wild birds are protected during nesting season. This includes their nests, whilst in use or being built, as well as any eggs the nest may contain. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) it is an offence to:
- intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird,
- intentionally damage, destroy or take the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built,
- intentionally destroy an egg of any wild bird
- and intentionally or recklessly disturb certain wild birds or their dependent young while they are nesting.