Protected species Britain

The species listed below are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended by the Environmental Protection Act 1990. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of these species during the breeding season without a valid licence. Whilst licences can be sought there is was no specific need to visit nests (of these or any species) for the Atlas as proof of breeding can be documented in other ways (e.g. from observations of adults carrying food or faeces). If you did encounter one of these species and suspected breeding we asked for the Atlas Coordinator (birdatlas [at] bto.org) to be contacted so that we could determine if there was already a nearby licence holder, if it was a target species for ringing or the Nest Record Scheme.

 List of Schedule 1 species

Avocet
Eagle, White - tailed
Oriole, Golden
Serin
Bee - eater
Falcon, Gyr
Osprey
Shorelark
Bittern
Fieldfare
Owl, Barn
Shrike, Red - backed
Bittern, Little
Firecrest
Owl, Snowy
Spoonbill
Bluethroat
Garganey
Peregrine
Stilt, Black - winged
Brambling
Goldeneye
Petrel, Leach's
Stint, Temminck's
Bunting, Cirl
Godwit, Black - tailed
Phalarope, Red - necked
Swan, Bewick's
Bunting, Lapland
Goose, Greylag
Pintail
Swan, Whooper
Bunting, Snow
Goshawk
Plover, Kentish
Tern, Black
Buzzard, Honey
Grebe, Black - necked
Plover, Little Ringed
Tern, Little
Chough
Grebe, Slavonian
Quail
Tern, Roseate
Corncrake
Greenshank
Redstart, Black
Tit, Bearded
Crake, Spotted
Gull, Little
Redwing
Tit, Crested
Crossbill, (all species)
Gull, Mediterranean
Rosefinch, Scarlet
Treecreeper, Short - toed
Curlew, Stone
Harrier (all species)
Ruff
Warbler, Cetti's
Diver, Black - throated
Heron, Purple
Sandpiper, Green
Warbler, Dartford
Diver, Great Northern
Hobby
Sandpiper, Purple
Warbler, Marsh
Diver, Red - throated
Hoopoe
Sandpiper, Wood
Warbler, Savi's
Dotterel
Kingfisher
Scaup
Whimbrel
Duck, Long - tailed
Kite, Red
Scoter, Common
Woodlark
Eagle, Golden
Merlin
Scoter, Velvet
Wryneck