Hedge-laying season is now coming to an end. We recently bound up this completed hedge during a fine day earlier in the month. Buds are breaking and very soon hedges will be fully leafed up, an invitation to birds to take cover and begin building their nests.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 makes it an offence, subject to certain exceptions – such as the control of some species for permitted reasons under license, to kill, injure or take any wild bird and to take, damage or destroy any nest that is either in use or being built.
Long-tailed tits build a uniquely shaped nest
over approximately 3 weeks using mosses, lichen,
spiders webs and thousands of feathers.
It is recommended that works to trees and hedges should not be undertaken where there are risks that the works or its effects would be harmful to resident birds. If works to trees and hedges have to be carried out between March and August then they should be inspected thoroughly for nesting birds and where found, works postponed until the young have flown the nest.
Other arboreal creatures are at risk from tree works operations such as bats, dormice and red squirrels, these are similarly protected by law.