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14/07/2012 at 15:33

According to this publication from Natural England,

hedges shouldn't be cut from 1st March - 31st July - the bird breeding season.

Apparently it is an offence to damage a nest while it is in use or under construction.

Does this mean that is irresponisble of us to, for example, lightly trim our box hedges during this time? Should all hedge cutting, however minor, be avoided during this time?

Many thanks to you all in advance.

14/07/2012 at 15:45

It depends if you have nests in it or not. If you do have a nest, then don't touch the hedge. If you don't, then trim away.

14/07/2012 at 16:57
I think I'll print that info and pass it to one of my neighbours who has just had his hedge cut, hope it didn't frighten the chirpy sparrows living there too much. They usually sounds as if they are having a party at 7am when I leave for work.
14/07/2012 at 18:00

I like Alina W's practical advice.

Presumably such action would count as one's "due diligence" and would provide legal protection if an unnoticed nest was damaged accidentally.

14/07/2012 at 18:43

Anyway, birds aside, and I am all for protecting them I assure you - if you cut it too soon you will only have to do it again later - especially with all this rain.  Leave it later on and maybe you will manage with only the one cut?  Depending of course what kind of hedge it is.

Peninepeta (lovely name) l, if your sparrows are raising the sound level at 7 am be thankful, our pet blackbird starts outside the bedroom window, on a telephone wire, at 4 am!! I love him dearly, but there are times when he really challenges that ........ 

14/07/2012 at 19:24
Thanks Bookertoo, I think I'll start using it all the time. I wonder if your blackbird is phoning ours for a chat?
15/07/2012 at 00:54

How big is this box hedge?  I would imagine the advice is aimed at natural rural hedges. Or large hedges which are likely to harbour nests.  Only two weeks to wait anyway.

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