Charlotte Owen, Conservation Officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust is asking people working in their gardens during lockdown to spare a thought for nesting birds. With more people spending time in their gardens she is concerned that the temptation to ‘over tidy’ may have a negative effect on nesting birds.
Bird nesting season is in full swing and any accidental disturbance can result in birds abandoning nests. Her advice is to leave hedge, shrub and tree cutting until winter. This also gives birds the opportunity to feast on berries during autumn as they prepare themselves to survive the harsh winter months.
Charlotte also manages WildCall, a wildlife advice service – please feel free to email her with any specific questions relating to your own gardens – or with wildlife queries in general.