Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:23
I agree, lots of nesting in Feb and March at least.
I think councils will cut hedges back in the nesting months if it's impacting on road safety, and if they're sure there's no nest in the hedge, but if nesting birds are disturbed they are breaking the law http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/2185.htm
I wouldn't cut your OH's hedge back until the autumn - laurel is best pruned with secateurs, cutting back individual shoots rather than with hedge clippers or shears, as these will cut through the large leaves which will look ugly, and then the edges will go brown and look even uglier.
I'd cut a holly hedge back in December, and then utilise the clippings for Christmas decorations.