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Nesting birds at road works

Reported via desktop in the Current Roadworks category anonymously at 17:03, Monday 5 April 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

OCC signs advise that road works are about to begin at the junction of Witan Way & Langdale Gate.

Please be advised that in previous years, robins, blackbirds & wren have all been known to have nested in the dense, low hedgerow between the Woolgate car park and Witan Way. Wood Pigeons have also been observed nesting in the canopy above.

Birds also frequently nest in the trees on the opposite side of Witan Way by the electricity sub-station, outside the Youth Centre & along Langdale Gate.

The nesting season is well underway this year & it is possible that birds are already nesting here, or are currently nest building.

Please remind your contractors that it is an offence under The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to Intentionally or recklessly disturb ANY wild bird listed in Schedule 1 of the Act, while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or to disturb the dependent young of such a bird.

Penalties that can be imposed for criminal offences in respect of a single bird, nest or egg contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 are an unlimited fine, up to six months imprisonment or both.

Thankyou in advance for taking the time to protect our native wildlife.

Council ref: ENQ21891853

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 17:04, Monday 5 April 2021

  • Questionnaire filled in by problem reporter; State changed to: Fixed, 11:59, Tuesday 4 May 2021

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