In reply to Tanya40:
Hi Tanya, Sorry to hear of your neighbours' illegal and abhorrent behaviour towards the birds; I would report this to you local police (Wildlife Crime Unit); meantime, make notes of day/time of incidents, as long as its safe to do so and if possible discretely take a photo from your upstairs window if you see any evidence of this behaviour which would be helpful in gaining a successful prosecution. .Having said this, never put yourself at risk if your neighbour might take retaliation against you; the police wildlife unit would never give out your information but act on what you report HERE IS A LINK which may help find the right contact in your area. Really sorry for the trouble they are causing not only to the wildlife but to you.
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Tanya40 said:We even had housemartins during lockdown but they abandoned the nest.
Oh........and you say you have house sparrows too......
There is a chance sparrowhawk got involved with the martins, but if I didn't know any better, I'd fear the sparrows are the reason why the martin nest(s) failed.
Obviously not related to the reason why you posted, but where did the sparrows nest? They often take over martin nests (with or without occupants), and more often than not, then abandon them without actually using them.
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
If you can make your way through the legal lingo, have a look at the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985
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