Hopefully you will have all heard the cuckoo which is particularly active this year and seen the Swallows, Martins and Swifts which have returned to breed.
This is a really important time of the year for all our wildlife as they breed and rear their young. It is very tempting to cut hedges and make everything look neat and tidy in our gardens. Please think about our wildlife before you do this. Whilst it is not illegal to cut hedges during the breeding season, under the 1981 Wildlife and Country Act it is illegal to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is being built or in use. Best practice is to avoid cutting hedges until the breeding season is over in the autumn, if you do feel the need to cut your hedges for safety or visual reasons during Spring and early Summer do make sure you check very carefully that there are no birds nesting in them. Its great to have birds around whether it is on our feeders in the winter or singing in the Spring, lets give them the best possible chance of success.
Marden Parish Council Environmental and Sustainability Group.