Reminder - nesting birds and iSpot

Reminder - nesting birds and iSpot - UK and Ireland : We'd just like to remind everyone adding observations from the UK of the rules on nesting birds set out in iSpot's Terms of use : Nesting birds are protected by law and are vulnerable to disturbance if not approached

We'd just like to remind everyone adding observations from the UK of the rules on nesting birds set out in iSpot's Terms of use :

  • Nesting birds are protected by law and are vulnerable to disturbance if not approached with care. In order to avoid any possibility of potential disturbance, photos of nesting birds, or active nests, are not allowed on iSpot.

We realise that opinions vary on this matter, and that not all photography of nesting activity does actually cause harm, but in order to ensure that the risk of causing harm is minimised our position will remain that such photos should not be added to iSpot. We also realise that this particular rule is rather hidden away in iSpot's terms, and is easily forgotten or overlooked, hence this reminder.

If you do see such photos on iSpot please use the "Report as inappropriate" link to alert us. Once you click on that link the observation gets removed from public view. Anyone who has an observation reported in this way shouldn't be alarmed, we won't ban you from iSpot or take any other action, we just need to ensure that iSpot's terms are being followed.

For anyone with an interest in nesting birds we would recommend that you consider taking part in the BTO's Nest Record Scheme (NRS). This is a volunteer survey which collects information on the nests of all bird species for conservation monitoring purposes. If you would like to know more about visiting nests safely in order to monitor their contents for the NRS, please read the Nest Recorder's Code of Conduct.

11 Jun 2014
Martin Harvey