Just a reminder that the RSPB recommends that you should try to avoid cutting hedgerows between March 1st and the end of July to allow for bird nesting.
I think they say until October. I've had birds nesting in mine much later tha July. Also it's worth remembering that it is against the law to disturb native nesting birds.
Mine are done, plus the big bay bush/tree that has been left for years on account of the birds. When I got in there I didn't find a single nest though the great tits are in and out all the time throughout the year.
I try and rotate the cutting of 'thickets' so there's always somewhere to nest/roost
I posted this thread as I had my pyracantha/mixed hedge trimmed this morning and as soon as the hedge man finished the birds were zooming in and out. I am going to leave a tall semi evergreen cotoneaster for another week or two as there are still red berries on it and the blackbirds are still zooming in to eat them.
are the Cotoneaster (in my case lacteus) berries late ripening this year or is there a lot of food about. Mine are still laden. They're usually stripped before now.
Nutcutlet - my berries have usually gone by now too, so I think it was the mild winter and the birds not being so desperate.
I should think that's it.
We recommend that cutting hedges and trees is avoided between March and August as this is the main breeding season for nesting birds.
wonder if the mild weather might start them earlier this year as there all getting frisky round erein Norfolk, yesterday there were 6 sparrows and blackbirds staking claim to a tree we were just going to removing to plant a new apple,,back to the drawing board for that one then
Hanky Panky around here Alan.
Oi recon the answer lies in the soil
I have a Cot. ? probably lacteus, in the hedge which is stripped by Christmas, this year was no exception. Its usually Blackbirds and woodpigeons, but we got the odd Thrush, Redwing and Fieldfare in too.
I think they must eat them before they're ripe most years. The berries are bigger and redder than I've ever seen them