All wild birds are protected. This includes their nests (whilst in use or being built) as well as any eggs the nest may contain. Under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, it is an offence to:
1.intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird
2. intentionally damage, destroy or take the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built (nests of golden eagle, white tailed eagle and osprey are protected all year round)
3.intentionally destroy an egg of any wild bird
4.intentionally or recklessly disturb certain wild birds or their dependent young while they are nesting (including disturbance of nesting young)
Although within the WCA no dates are legally stated between which hedges cannot be trimmed, cut, laid or coppiced, the main bird breeding season is recognised as being between early spring to late summer (March to September).
Therefore the risk of committing any of the above offences is increased between these dates. It is recommended that if you undertake any work within this timeframe you should check the hedge for any signs of breeding activity first.
Town & City will often avoid disturbing hedges that have been known to have high activity of birds. We always get our trusted contractors to check the hedges before any work is commissioned. This could lead to certain hedges being uncut in spring/summer months due to birds or nests. These hedges are left uncut under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981. If you have any questions regarding the hedges or grounds maintenance at your development please contact our head office.