Hedge Cutting and Nesting Birds

Non-urgent hedge cutting operations will not be undertaken by Gloucester City Council during the bird nesting or breeding season, which is considered to be from 1 March to 31 August. Hedges will only be trimmed during this period if they are considered to impose a danger road users.

Hedge cutting during the bird nesting or breeding season should be avoided as all wild birds, their young, their eggs and active nests are protected by law. For more information see overgrown vegetation (hedges, shrubs and brambles).

If you suspect an offence has been committed in relation to nesting wild birds you should contact your local police force and report the incident to them; ask for the case to be investigated by a Wildlife Liaison Officer.​