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Well, it won't be a Honey Buzzard, because they've all gone to Africa. A useful way of shortening the list of suspects! Did you get an idea of the actual size?
Let's hope he doesn't shoot anyone by aiming into unseen spaces.
For anyone who isn't sure how to prune, those pics would be no help at all.
Whatever it is, it's got big jaws if it makes punctures two inches apart.
2nd picture looks like beech.
I'm sure the cannabis will be just fine
How many times a year do you need to do it, how long is the hedge, and what is the ground like? Any ladder would need to be at least 3 ft taller than the hedge when positioned at a suitable angle.
If the little yellow flower in the top left of the pic is attached to it, it's Lesser Celandine (quite invasive)
Cheap and nasty.
It's a question of which is more important - the children or an archaeological site. I'd fence the whole grassed area about 2 metres in from the parapets, leaving that 2 metres for maintenance and planting.