Give Our Birds Chance To Flourish This Spring

Spring is a time when many gardeners’ like to tidy up and trim back, but this is the also when many birds start to build their nests and lay their first clutch of eggs. It only takes a moment to accidentally destroy a nest, so a few minutes carrying out some simple checks before starting any work could be the difference between life and death. 

Garden favourites such as robins, sparrows and blackbirds are in decline and need all the help they can get, especially after a harsh winter, and they also help us by controlling aphids, caterpillars, snails, slugs and bugs. 

Neil Pilcher of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust said 

“We ask everyone to be careful and to quickly check for nests just before starting work. Dense hedges such as Leylandii are popular nesting sites, but any hedge, tree, shrub and even ivy could be home to a growing family. If not doing the work themselves, householders should ask their contractor to check for nests too. If in doubt, the work should be postponed until the end of August when the breeding season is over”. 

All birds are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act whilst nesting, and protection starts the moment they begin building the nest until their young have fully fledged. 

Give our birds a boost this spring – a little extra care could make all the difference to our feathered friends.