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Responsible Climbers Protect Birds

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) will be publishing a list of current and new climbing restrictions later this month. These are voluntary restrictions put in place to prevent nesting birds and their chicks from being disturbed.

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.

Tony Ryan, the BMC.

The climbing restrictions usually apply from February / March and continue until June, July or August. Working with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Conservation Bodies, Ornithologists and National Park Authorities, the BMC can ensure that access remains open to cliffs and crags for climbers to enjoy, whilst at the same time protecting nesting birds.

Current information about climbing restrictions can be found on the BMC Regional Access Database. General information and climbing equipment advice is available in the advice section of this website.

Many types of birds nest on cliffs and therefore are at risk from disturbances by climbers. Cliff nesting birds include guillemots, razorbills, puffins, choughs, ravens and peregrine falcons. Information about all these species and more can be found on the RSPB website.

Birdwatching and Bird Conservation

If you like birds, birdwatching and bird conservation you might be interested in the annual Birdfair at Rutland Water. Birdfair is the event of the year if you are into birds and wildlife. It includes stands selling binoculars and equipment for bird watching and wildlife enthusiasts, lectures, quizzes, book launches and auctions.

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