Birdwatcher's Code of Conduct

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  • Would members please give due consideration when thinking about posting information and sightings relating to Schedule 1 species during the breeding season. Records of these species thought to be breeding can be submitted privately to the county bird recorder via email to

OHB Admin

Head Geek
Staff member
Feb 5, 2017
  • The welfare of birds must always come first.
  • Do not damage habitat.
  • Keep disturbance to a minimum.
  • Never disturb birds at the nest.
  • Keeps sites of rare breeding species confidential. If you feel protection is necessary, inform the RSPB or County Recorder.
  • Do not harass rare migrants. Consider all the circumstances very carefully before making the sighting known. If necessary keep the sighting secret until the bird has moved on.
  • Abide by the legal requirements of the Wildlife & Countryside Act and other legislation at all times.
  • Respect the rights of landowners.
  • Obey the Country Code.
  • Respect the rights of other birdwatchers and other countryside users.
  • Keep records of important sightings and make sure they are submitted directly to the County Bird Recorder.
  • When bird watching abroad behave as you would expect to behave in Britain.