Protecting a Nesting Bird

The project is located in a residential area in the suburbs of Cork City and was closed during the COVID -19 pandemic in line with government requirements.

Site management returned to work prior to the workforce to carry out inspections & implement measures to facilitate the returning workers welfare. During inspection of an apartment it was noticed that a bird had commenced building a nest on electrical containment in a corridor adjacent to an unglazed window.

Birds have a high level of legal protection during the breeding season (March to the end of August) and are protected under The Wildlife Act (1976) and the Wildlife Amendment Act (2000). Therefore an ecologist was contacted, he issued a report outlining breed of bird and status of nest, stating that a screen should be erected inside the window which would allow the bird access to the nest but prevent further nesting within the building.

The screen was installed and free access provided for the bird to access the nest. The ecologist returned to site 2 weeks later & inspected the area. He monitored the nest for several hours & advised that there was no activity & that the bird had abandoned the roost. He removed the nest & advised in his report that the window should be infilled to prevent future access.

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