When we were contractors, we undertook to look for nesting birds and signs
of nesting birds. This took away any potential accusations of
and of course ensured no nesting birds were disturbed as a result.
Many the trees under LA care are not suitable nesting sites due to the
trees' structure. Most of the nests we came across were in coniferous trees
(mostly as hedges). I refer to the writing of others who have likened these
vilified trees as 'high-rise blocks of flats' for birds.
I wonder how long any treework contractor would stay in business if he had
to stop work during the 'nesting season' (what's that anyway? have you asked
collared dove or wood pigeon?!).
It is of course a problem of public perception. I can see the tabloid local
press headlines as I write - 'Local Authority in Nest Smash Tree Chop Row'
How you solve that one will probably never be answered, particularly if you
have well-meaning councillors with 'selective understanding' of these
Regards to all,
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