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Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 4 - Protection of nests of certain birds

This Section introduces new statutory protection for the nests of particular birds all year round. Certain bird species return to the same nest year after year, so it is important that those nests are not destroyed. The nests of the Golden Eagle, the White-tailed Eagle, the Osprey, the Peregrine, the Red Kite and the Barn Owl will be subject to such protection.

An offence is created for anyone who damages or destroys the nest of these birds at any time of the year.

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