Officers from Northamptonshire Police are keen to make people aware of the legislation which protects birds while they are nesting.
County residents are being urged to check for birds’ nests which are in use if you are planning on starting any gardening or building work and wait until any fledglings have left the nest before starting work.
Rural crime officer PC Claire Salmon said: “Many people are unaware that disturbing a nest which is being built or being used by birds is in fact an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
“I would advise anyone thinking of starting any gardening or building work during this time to check for birds’ nests that are in use (this is defined as when birds starts building or occuping a nest) and wait until the fledglings (young birds) have left.
“If you’re unsure more information can be found on the RSPB website.”