Schedule 1 : Birds

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: Schedule 1

Birds which are protected by special penalties.


All naturally occurring wild birds in Great Britain are protected from persecution. It is illegal to kill, injure or ‘take’ any wild bird, take or damage the nest of any wild bird whilst in use or being built. The eggs of all wild birds are also protected. If you have in your possession any live wild birds, egg(s) or any part of a wild bird you are committing an offence. The birds listed in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 are further protected by Special Penalties all year round for those in Part 1 and during a specified closed season for those listed in Part 2.

Variations and amendment history:

There have been no amendments or variations that affect this Schedule

Related Sections:

1, 2, 4, 6, 19, 22.


  1. Rachel says:

    Does anyone know how schedule 1 birds are selected?

  2. UKW says:

    The list is the GB implementation of obligations under Article 4 (Annex one) of the Birds Directive (Directive 79/409/EEC)

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