Why you shouldn’t cut a hedge in the wrong season

The hedgelaying season lasts from October to March – outside of these months there is a danger of disturbing nesting birds and trampling new plant growth, so the Wildlife & Countryside Act, farming schemes and EU regulations restrict the period in which hedges should be laid.

The same advice applies to cutting garden hedges if they may contain nesting birds. There’s a bit more detail on this in this article.

http://www.birminghampost.net/comment/birmingham-columnists/more-columnists/2011/04/15/nature-watch-beware-that-bustle-in-your-hedgerow-it-may-be-a-bird-65233-28514312/

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Filed under Everyday Hedges, Hedgelaying, Hedges and Biodiversity

One response to “Why you shouldn’t cut a hedge in the wrong season

  1. betsy barker

    And the other time you shouldn’t cut it (in my case a privet) is in the depths of winter, because otherwise much of it might die…..this advice comes from bitter experience!!

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