Birdwatch alert

Posted by Tony Ryan on 23/02/2009
Gannet. Photo: Jon Read

A number of seasonal climbing restrictions to protect nesting birds have now begun, and others will commence shortly.

Every year the BMC works with the statutory conservation bodies, RSPB, National Park Authorities and local ornithologists to agree a set of voluntary restrictions to maintain access to crags whilst protecting nesting birds.

Most of the restrictions apply from February / March and remain in place until June, July or August, but are lifted when the chicks have fledged.

The BMC asks all climbers to read up on the restrictions for the areas in which they climb. Climbers have an excellent record of respecting bird nesting restrictions and continued good will is important to develop and maintain good relations with landowners and conservation bodies.

A poster listing all 2009 agreed voluntary restrictions is available to download from the BMC website.
Download Nesting Restrictions 2009

Restrictions are also incorporated into the BMC Regional Access Database



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