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Providing a rooftop home to some beautiful birds

If you are lucky enough to live near to some open landscape whether this is the sprawling countryside or just a small park area you may be lucky enough to have some of the country’s beautiful birds either finding food items from your garden or perhaps even nesting in the shelter of your roof space. Wild birds are all legally protected and it is an offence for you to remove or deliberately damage their nest during their breeding and nesting periods and you must wait until the winter before removing them. Some birds will occupy a small space inside your roof and others will build nests on your wall and other areas of your property. If you think that birds may have damaged any of your roof area it is worth contacting an Evesham Roofing Company such as http://lwroofing.co.uk/ If you have nesting birds but are unsure of what they are here is a handy list to help you identify them.

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Sparrows and starlings and birds that most of us are used to seeing in the garden and they usually make their nests in a roof space that they have accessed via a small gap either between the roof tiles or under your guttering. House sparrows are small and brown in colour usually only around 6 inches long. The male sparrow usually has a streak of a dark red-brown along their back with a grey flash on the top of their heads. Starlings in comparison are slightly bigger, at 8 inches long and have a glossy black, green and purple plumage. If you have starling nesting in your roof space, you will often hear them walking around the on the beams.

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House Martins are beautiful birds to watching flying around and they very delicately create their nests from bits of natural material that they find lying around. These birds will build their nests under the eaves of your roof but will not enter your roof space. They are a similar size to a hose sparrow at 6 inches long and have beautiful black feather with a white underside and white tips to the bottom of their tail. House Martins are protected birds and you may not disturb or remove their nests at any point. If you have a nest in a space that is causing issues for you, you must contact the RSPB and follow their guidance.

You may find other birds nesting in your roof or nearby area including swifts, jackdaws, swallows and if you are in the country possibly even the odd owl here and there. Although the mess that can be associated with birds’ nests can be annoying it is a lovely privilege to be able to have a nesting family of birds choosing your property as their home.

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