When is it safe (for birds) to cut down laurel hedges?
I have just moved to a garden where the previous owner clearly adored evergreen hedges! You can’t see the garden at all from the house, due to the many stretches of laurel hedging. I intend to remove some of the hedges, to improve the garden for humans and wildlife alike, but do birds nest in laurels? If so, when’s the best time to cut the hedge down? I’ve examined the shrubs closely, and can’t see any old nests in the hedges, but I’d hate to destroy ideal nesting sites. There are a LOT of trees, shrubs and hedges which will be kept, so can I go ahead with wielding my chainsaw?