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Save the hedge cutting for another day

Posted by British Bird Food 26/05/2013 0 Comment(s)
On this lovely bank holiday weekend a lot of people will be out in the garden getting down the list of jobs. One job that should have been done by now is the trimming of hedges and large shrubs / bushes. However, if like me you did not get to do it earlier in the year, then it is one of those jobs that you can 'legitimately' put off until later. Nesting birds are in the middle of their breeding season now and most will have eggs or young chicks in the nest, if they are disturbed then nest desertion is highly likely. Some birds will use the same nest for several years and some will make a new one each time, but none of them will like being disturbed by loud machinery or the removal of the cover from around their nest. Unfortunately the down side of all this is that your garden will not look as neat as it should for the summer months. But this is a small price to pay for all that new life that will be in your garden as a result of leaving the hedges alone. Hedges should be cut before 1st of March and after 31st July and it is illegal to cut some hedges or remove them without the permission of the local authority. Many people don't realise hedgerows are protected by law in this way, it is a law that is designed to protect our wildlife and wild birds and should be adhered to, in fact if you do see gardeners or farmers cutting hedges at times within the protected period then it might be worthwhile just checking with them to see if they are aware of the law in this regard. In the mean time, think about the young fledglings in your garden and provide fresh clean water and nutritious food for them and their hard working parents.

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