In a message dated 02/12/2003 5:57:10 pm, email@example.com writes:
<< >>> "firstname.lastname@example.org" 12/02/03 03:41pm >>>wrote;
In order to pay due attention to nesting and reproductive needs of birds and
bats the removal of ivy is best done between late August and Early October.
I also used to recommend Ivy severance during late summer so that the Ivy leaf
would die and fall away at the same time as the leaves of the host. Thereby
reducing the aesthetic impact in a garden setting.
However, its not a big deal but I frequently found that despite the thorough
severance of all stems within my 6" exclusive band, the ivy leaf would often
persist long after Autumn leaf fall prolonging my client's agony. >>
Preparation is the key here! Not only is it important from the point of
practicality when it comes to removing the bl**dy stuff, waiting until the
have dropped also considerably devalues the habitat. Therefore,
reducing the chances of disturbing a roosting bat. There are still issues
associated with the large sections of stems where there is space between the
trunk and the mass of the ivy, but it is far easier to inspect prior to
In some cases it is simply enough to cut the base and let the ivy die and
eventually fall off, this also adds the the aerial decaying wood habitat for
invertebrates, while still maintaining some roost potential for bats.
Think once, thing twice, think habitat.
Andrew Cowan N.D.Arb
37 Hartfield Crescent
Kent BR4 9DW
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