11
Sep

How To Stop Birds Nesting In Your Roof

With numbers of some bird species in the UK now in decline, such as swallows, house martins, swifts and starlings, it’s important to do all you can to help protect our feathered friends – and because their natural habitats are disappearing, they often take shelter in the roofs of houses and other buildings.

All bird nests are protected by law and you need to remember that it’s illegal to intentionally disturb or destroy the active nest of any wild bird. To this end, you may want to take steps to help prevent nesting in your roof, so that you don’t have to worry about causing any disturbances and running into trouble.

Once summer has been and gone, you can do work to deter nesting during the winter months (which is when birds won’t be nesting – except pigeons, which can nest throughout the year).

Sealing your roof off can keep birds away but, again, they do need somewhere to build their nests so what about setting up some boxes under the eaves so they have a place to set up their home but which won’t cause problems for your roof.

Between October and February, check for holes and gaps, and seal these up as required. Check back regularly so you know there are no trapped birds inside. You may want to use wire mesh instead of a permanent repair job on holes until you’re absolutely certain that there are no birds stuck and left behind.

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