Bird Control Legislation – UK

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Llywodraeth Cynulliad Cymru Welsh Assembly Government

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department for the environment

All methods used by AMES Pest Control comply with legislation set out in the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and are approved by the relevant Legislative Bodies.

General License to kill or take certain birds.

Pest Bird Species Can Be Dealt With For The Following Reasons:

  • To conserve wild birds
  • To preserve public health or public safety
  • To preserve air safety
  • To prevent serious damage or disease

The license can only be relied upon in circumstances where the authorised person can demonstrate that appropriate non-lethal methods of control such as scaring or proofing are either ineffective or impractical.

Only birds listed in the relevant General License can be removed by an authorised person.

If the pest bird does not appear on this license, AMES Pest Control will advise you of this and a special license will be applied for on your behalf.

Also, due to the diseases and insects, which pose a very definite risk to staff welfare, remedial actions are required to comply implicitly with the Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA) & also the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (1999).

Associated Problems:

Pest Birds and their associated debris are known to be a source of bacteria and insects, which are harmful to humans.

  • Salmonella – typhoid like intestinal infection.
  • Ornithosis – symptoms range from flu like illness to pneumonia.
  • Bird fanciers lung – an allergic condition caused by exposure to dust inhaled from bird debris.

Although a link has yet to be proven with feral pigeons members of the public are becoming increasingly concerned with those risks surrounding Avian Flu, and the build up of any dead birds / debris.


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