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Forester2

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.    

Jim Macd

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.

nutcutlet

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

Forester2

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. 

nutcutlet

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.

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Forester2

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

nutcutlet

I should think that's it

Alan4711

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 then   

nutcutlet

Hanky Panky around here Alan.

 

Alan4711

Oi recon the answer lies in the soil 

Jim Macd

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.   

nutcutlet

I think they must eat them before they're ripe most years. The berries are bigger and redder than I've ever seen them

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