Farmers are not allowed to cut hedges between 1 March and 31 August to protect the habitat of nesting birds. The same guidance should be applied to public parks in our cities, yet all too often it is ignored.
Using machinery such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers can disrupt the habitat, disturbing nests. Birds that have left the nest but are too young to fly can be separated from their parents who still help them to feed. While juvenile they can hop around and find food and still retreat to the safety of the hedge when danger threatens.
This young blackbird has left its nest but cannot yet fend for itself. If a small army of maintenance workers turn up and start cutting the hedge and blowing cuttings around it will likely take fright and become separated from its parents and could starve and die.
So please Camden Council, give our wildlife the chance to live. Cut the hedges in the autumn and winter months just like farmers are supposed to do.