Hedge cutting

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.    

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  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    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. image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    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

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    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. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    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.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Nutcutlet - my berries have usually gone by now too, so I think it was the mild winter and the birds not being so desperate.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    I should think that's itimage

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572

    RSPB  /www.rspb.org.uk/advice/gardening/planting/hedges/the_law.aspx

    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 thenimage   

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    Hanky Panky around here Alan. image

     

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,572

    Oi recon the answer lies in the soil image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

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