Q701: What is the best time of year to carry out shrub clearance or tree felling to avoid killing/injuring wild birds or destroying/damaging their eggs and nests?

This sort of work should be avoided during the bird breeding/nesting season, which is generally between March and June, but can start earlier and extend beyond August depending on the species. No work should be carried out without first checking for any nests. Such action is best carried out in the winter to maintain autumn food supplies for birds and other species of wildlife.

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