The following list is of birds (updated 19th September 2017) that are protected by law usually by disturbance during the breeding seasons at or near a nest site. Some birds are taken off the list at times but many more are now being added due to the loss of habitat and natural disasters. If in doubt, get in touch with your local nature group for advice.

Nature Conservancy do issue licences to photographers permitting them to photograph these species but they are very hard to get. It is usual to have to share with a registered bird photographer.

Dave Riddle November 2017

SCHEDULE 1 Sections 1, 2, 4, 6, 19 and 22
Birds which are Protected by Special Penalties


Part I
At All Times

Common name Scientific name
Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta
Bee-eater Merops apiaster
Bittern Botaurus stellaris
Bittern, Little Ixobrychus minutus
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
Bunting, Cirl Emberiza cirlus
Bunting, Lapland Calcarius lapponicus
Bunting, Snow Plectrophenax nivalis
Buzzard, Honey Pernis apivorus
[F1Capercaillie] [F1 Tetracurogallus]
Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
Corncrake Crex crex
Crake, Spotted Porzana porzana
Crossbills (all species) Loxia
Curlew, Stone Burhinus oedicnemus
Divers (all species) Gavia
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus
Duck, Long-tailed Clangula hyemalis
Eagle, Golden Aquila chrysaetos
Eagle, White-tailed Haliaetus albicilla
Falcon, Gyr Falco rusticolus
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus
Garganey Anas querquedula
Godwit, Black-tailed Limosa limosa
Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Grebe, Black-necked Podiceps nigricollis
Grebe, Slavonian Podiceps auritus
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Gull, Little Larus minutus
Gull, Mediterranean Larus melanocephalus
Harriers (all species) Circus
Heron, Purple Ardea purpurea
Hobby Falco subbuteo
Hoopoe Upupa epops
Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Kite, Red Milvus milvus
Merlin Falco columbarius
Oriole, Golden Oriolus oriolus
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Owl, Barn Tyto alba
Owl, Snowy Nyctea scandiaca
Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Petrel, Leach’s Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Phalarope, Red-necked Phalaropus lobatus
Plover, Kentish Charadrius alexandrinus
Plover, Little Ringed Charadrius dubius
Quail, Common Coturnix coturnix
Redstart, Black Phoenicurus ochruros
Redwing Turdus iliacus
Rosefinch, Scarlet Carpodacus erythrinus
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Sandpiper, Green Tringa ochropus
Sandpiper, Purple Calidris maritima
Sandpiper, Wood Tringa glareola
Scaup Aythya marila
Scoter, Common Melanitta nigra
Scoter, Velvet Melanitta fusca
Serin Serinus serinus
Shorelark Eremophila alpestris
Shrike, Red-backed Lanius collurio
Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia
Stilt, Black-winged Himantopus himantopus
Stint, Temminck’s Calidris temminckii
Swan, Bewick’s Cygnus bewickii
Swan, Whooper Cygnus cygnus
Tern, Black Chlidonias niger
Tern, Little Sterna albifrons
Tern, Roseate Sterna dougallii
Tit, Bearded Panurus biarmicus
Tit, Crested Parus cristatus
Treecreeper, Short-toed Certhia brachydactyla
Warbler, Cetti’s Cettia cetti
Warbler, Dartford Sylvia undata
Warbler, Marsh Acrocephalus palustris
Warbler, Savi’s Locustella luscinioides
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Woodlark Lullula arborea
Wryneck Jynx torquilla

Part II

During the Close Season

Common name Scientific name
Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Goose, Greylag (in Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross only) Anser anser
Pintail Anas acuta

Note. The common name or names given in the first column of this Schedule are included by way of guidance only; in the event of any dispute or proceedings, the comon name or names shall not be taken into account.

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