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Legal status

House martins and their nests are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence intentionally to kill, injure or take any wild bird. It is an offence to intentionally take, damage or destroy the eggs, young or nest of a house martin whilst it is being build or in use.  

The Act allows for fines up to £5,000 and/or a 6 month prison sentence for every bird, egg or nest destroyed. 

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