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Old 4th June 2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm a caretaker in a secondary school. The problem I have is this - it seems that a pair of swallows has decided to nest right next to a busy doorway & the nest is within reach of the children. Although the nest itself has not yet been finished, the traffic of children doesn't seem to deter the swallows. I don't want to disturb the birds, but I'm a bit worried as to the position of the nest. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 6th June 2013, 04:17 PM   #2
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I suppose that it depends on which problem worries you the most.

Will the children disturb the birds? Will the droppings be a safety hazard? Will the nest be a success so close to the door?

However, I suspect that the school senior teaching staff are likely to have the final say on this matter, depending on their environmental viewpoint.

And anyhow, isn't it illegal to disturb a wild birds' nest from once construction has started, to until the babies have fledged?
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From the RSPB website:

All birds, their nest and eggs are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, and it is thus an offence to damage or destroy an active nest or prevent parent birds access to their nests.
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I would think this is a prime opportunity to educate the children, for them to be able to watch the brooding and feeding of the swallow family from a distance, to encourage them to be quiet in that area and not to disturb the birds, and maybe to rig up a camera trained on the nest area. This ought to be a wonderful addition to their science/ecology studies.
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