The beginning of September means that the Bird Nesting Season is officially over, having run from March to August 31st. As a grounds maintenance contractor, we like to ensure we are fully aware of key seasons in which the wildlife found in the areas we operate may be nesting, so we can accommodate and adapt our services as necessary. This is following key information given to us by our Business Development Manager, Jason Whetton. Jason is highly knowledgeable about wildlife and the environment and can also offer environmental advice and support to help make our customers make their grounds more environmentally friendly. This may include butterfly plants, wild flowers, native species planting, bat and bird boxes.
Jason says “at Shed, we follow the recommended guidelines of not cutting trees and hedges between March and August, as this is where the main breeding season for nesting birds falls”
“The act of hedge cutting during this period, if a bird is known to be known to be nesting, is not something we encourage, and we check all sites beforehand to ensure that we can help protect the nesting birds”
The RSPB state that “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”.
For anymore advice on the end of nesting season, or a full environmental review of your business, please call 01246 590590.
*Quote taken from the RSPB website