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I have blackbirds nesting in my grape vine on my patio, usually through the summer I prune the vine back once a week otherwise it gets out of hand. Now the birds are nesting I'm not sure what to do as I don't want to disturb them, they have got quite tame and come to me to be fed, but watch me and won't go into the nest until I am back in the kitchen. Has anyone had to deal with a similar situation?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,705
    Hello @jamkea and welcome to the forum 😊

    How lovely … 
    I would leave that area of the vine … you can prune it later. If won’t come to any harm, it’ll just look a big the untidy.  As we’re into July now I don’t suppose they’ll be using the nest much longer … although some birds are nesting later than usual due to the very cold spring. 

    Apart from the pleasure of helping our wildlife, it’s illegal to disturb nesting birds and there are serious penalties
    “…Penalties that can be imposed for criminal offences  in respect of a single bird, nest or egg contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 is an unlimited fine, up to six months imprisonment or both…”, which indicates how seriously it is regarded. 

     I’m sure you’ll agree that the welfare of the birds is more important than a temporarily untidy vine 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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