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Tree cutting and birds nests

I have a large Bay tree which is in need of cutting back, it is nearly as tall as the house.  I think I have Robins nesting as I always see them in and out and can hear their singing each morning, at 7am ish. A search has said they can start building nest as early as Jan, have I missed the opportunity to cut it back this year?  I am located in east London, if this has any bearing. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    It's better to wait. It certainly seems very early, but as You're in London - everything's earlier. 
    It doesn't take long for them to lay eggs and have them hatch and fledge. The bay tree will be fine left for a while.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • UffUff SW Scotland but born in DerbyshirePosts: 1,698
    If it's left much longer then you would have to wait until next September until the birds have finished nesting. Is it possible to cut it back a bit at a time and check carefully as you go?
  • TerryannTerryann Posts: 31
    Thanks, I will leave this for now, I am enjoying watching them and wouldn’t wish them to leave, this is the first year I have seen Robins in my garden, normally just have sparrows or pigeons.  My local park has lots of green parrots, how would I, or should I try to encourage them to visit?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    I wouldn't actively encourage those parakeets, although you may get them anyway. They've now found their way in here, and are migrating from their colony in a park in Glasgow out here - we're about ten miles south of Glasgow. Even the colder winter last year hasn't deterred them, so they're obviously acclimatising. They'll cause serious problems if they start multiplying readily  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TerryannTerryann Posts: 31
    Thanks Fairygirl. 
  • Desi_in_LondonDesi_in_London London regionPosts: 529
    I am by no means an expert, but my understanding was that robins are quite territorial ( so nest likely nearby) but they actually build nests low down in sheltered spots - not high up in trees.
    Kindness is always the right choice.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,085
    It's really just about timing @Terryann   :)

    They nest in all sorts of sites @Desi_in_London, and although the bay tree is big, they may well be nesting [or creating a nest] quite low down. Hopefully, the OP will be able to watch them and get a good idea of the site. Difficult for us to judge without seeing it though    :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TerryannTerryann Posts: 31
    Here’s a picture of tree, I have cut the lower branches so I could plant underneath it as I have narrow borders.  I normally cut it down to just above the height of the extension next door. 
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