Legal Protection & Status
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Swifts and their nests are fully protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This protection makes it an offence to
intentionally kill, injure or take a swift; take, damage or destroy the eggs of a swift or a nest whilst it is being built or in use.
Bird of Conservation Concern (BoCC)
Due to its declining breeding status, the swift is considered a ‘Bird of Conservation Concern’ (BoCC). All BoCCs are further categorised (red, amber or green) against specific criteria to determine their conservation needs; red species are those requiring the highest conservation priority, amber is the next most critical group, followed by green. The swift is categorised as an amber species.
For more detail on this, download Birds of conservation concern 3 - 2009
Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (PPS9)
Planning Policy Statement 9: Biodiversity and Geological Conservation (PPS9) outlines that the Government’s objectives for planning are:
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