We the local Policing Team have been made aware of a number of trees in and around the Ponds within Farndon Village that have recently been damaged/cut and on one occasion a birds nest has been disturbed.
Please if you have any information that could assist the team in identifying those responsible please email Michael.Munro@Notts.Police.uk
Or you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The following information has been taken from the RSPCA - RSPB
Moving bird nests
Bird nests are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, so moving a nest at the wrong time could mean you're breaking the law. If you need to move a nest, read this page to find out when you are legally able to.
Moving or destroying nests
Birds are at their most vulnerable when nesting. Any disturbance could kill or injure wild birds and their young - or cause parent birds to abandon their nest, eggs and young.
Nests can't be moved or destroyed while they're being built or still in use - apart from under certain exceptions to allow the control of certain birds for specific reasons under licence.
Be careful not to break the law on bird nests
Many people are unaware of the legal protection that birds, their nests, eggs and young have and what action they can legally take. However, reckless building work, tree-felling or hedge-cutting at the height of the nesting season can leave people facing prosecution.
Anyone found guilty of an offence could be given a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment and an unlimited fine, which can be imposed in respect of each bird, nest or egg affected.
Avoid activities affecting nesting season
Don't carry out any activity that will affect nesting birds in spring or summer when birds are nesting - even if it's just in your garden. Instead, plan work for times of the year when nests aren't in use.
Also consider any other protected species that might be affected by the work, such as bats roosting in buildings.
Removing a nest that's no longer in use
With some exceptions, you can remove nests as long as they're not being built or in use. However, please keep in mind that some species will have more than one brood in the same nest in a given season.
What's more, unless there's a reason to remove the nest, leaving it alone can be beneficial for wild birds.
For example, some species:
• Use nests as roosts outside the breeding season
• May reuse their nest the following year
• Reuse the nests of other birds - for example, buzzards take over disused crows' nests.