Jackdaw nest - Chimney clear out

Hello, 

We've recently bought a house and have opened up the fireplaces. The ones on the left side of the house are fine and have been properly sealed but when we went to do the one on the right hand side of the house, we found the biggest mess of sticks and flies I've ever seen. The nest is in the top of the chimney stack with the sticks coming right down to the top of the fireplace opening. 

Since late Feb/ early March, we'd noticed the jackdaws building a nest and left it three weeks until we couldn't hear the chicks scuffling about or see the birds using the nest (early June) to remove the plasterboard blocking the old fireplace. 

There is a really good chimney sweep locally who I have contacted on the phone, who said he's not able to touch the nest until late August but since the birds have well and truly gone, if we were to photograph that they're no longer in the nest as they were an early brood, could we have him clear the chimney without facing a fine? 

Thanks in advance! 

  • Hello, even although the the birds have fledged and the nest may not be being used, it is an offence to interfere with a nesting box/site from when the first materials are taken to it. The time to clear out nests and cut back trees and bushes is in the back end. Your chimney sweep obviously knows this and is keeping himself within the law. Hopefully someone else will confirm what I have said as being correct.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • You are correct CL ... here are the exceptions ... www.rspb.org.uk/.../
    I think it would be best to contact Defra & explain the circumstances & act on what they say!

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  • Thank you both Catlady and WendyBartter,
    We definitely don't want to disturb the nest if it's possible they'll come back so I'll give defra a call tomorrow morning, thanks again!
  • Thank you both Catlady and WendyBartter,
    We definitely don't want to disturb the nest if it's possible they'll come back so I'll give defra a call tomorrow morning, thanks again!
  • Do let us know how things progress

     

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  • Just to update, we got in contact with our Environmental Health at our local Council and have sorted out with them after contacting DEFRA as suggested. Many thanks for your help!
  • So did you get the go ahead for clearing nest away before end of season?

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    So did you get the go ahead for clearing nest away before end of season?

    Certainly would,as this would help anyone else looking in.

    Always interested in outcomes....

     

  • Each case needs to be discussed with your Environmental Health at your local Council. For our case where blow flies are coming out of the chimney stack as well as the birds having left the nest for at least three weeks, if we are able to provide photographic evidence along with these facts and the point that we've been in contact with our local Council, we are able to proceed, with evidence. This decision is only based on our case so please contact your Council and don't touch any nests if unsure.

    Thanks so much!
  • Thanks for that useful info, quite a faff to stay within the law but hope you get the go ahead to clean up soon!

     

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