Please do not trim your hedge during nesting season

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Please do not trim your hedge during nesting season

We would recommend to avoid hedge cutting and trimming during the main breeding season, which usually runs throughout March to August each year. This can be weather dependent and some birds may nest outside this time period. Please do always check carefully for active nests prior to cutting.

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Hedge trimming and cutting - the law

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built, or to intentionally kill, injure or take chicks or adults, or intentionally take or destroy any eggs.

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The Problem Of Wing Clipping

Rook

Over the years we have been contacted repeatedly by rescuers and lay people, who were caring for corvids such as magpies, jackdaws and crows, and who observed that their foster birds showed difficulties with flying despite appearing otherwise fit and healthy. Some of these birds demonstrated abnormal flight feathers and showed an unusual or even abnormal behaviour not normally expected in wild birds. A closer assessment of the plumage showed quite quickly that these birds had been wing clipped.

What is feather or wing clipping, and why is this being done?

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