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18/09/2013 at 19:45

I need to curtail the ambition of my laurel hedge to take over the world. There are a lot of sloe-like fruits on it. Do birds eat them? I don't mind holding off the pruning if they can use them.

18/09/2013 at 19:56

Our blackbirds like them.

18/09/2013 at 20:19

Thanks for that, waterbutts. Do they clear them every year? Do they eat them only when all the other food has gone?

18/09/2013 at 20:36

I'm sorry, I can't help you there, I have a husband who spends a small fortune on bird seed and bird snacks and keeps buying berry-bearing plants that I am expected to find homes for. The laurels are about 100 feet from the house so I only see them on the way to the compost heap. The precise order in which the berries on the plants disappear has never crossed my mind. It may be skewed somewhat too by the fact that they have all the junk food to live on and definitely prefer it to the natural stuff that they have to forage for.

If they haven't started to eat them by Christmas I'd let them go.

18/09/2013 at 21:59

Thanks again waterbutts (do your friends call you butt?). I'm probably fretting over nothing, anyway. I could just put food out to counteract the berries being missing. 

18/09/2013 at 22:15

They make sure they smile when they do.

Yes, buy some blackbird mix and you'll have friends for life.

19/09/2013 at 09:39

Do some fruits need to have been frosted before the birds will eat them? Just wondering.

20/09/2013 at 07:48

Sorry, Fleurisa, haven't a clue. I doubt it though.


20/09/2013 at 08:26

I'd expect the berries would be less of a priority for birds as it's usually red ones first then orange and yellow and finally the pink or white ones. The black berries may be last on the list but I'm not sure. Don't think you need to worry too much about about the laurel berries Adam, especially if you put food out for the birds as well 

20/09/2013 at 08:27

Hmm, ivy berries are black and they're pretty popular 

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