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Anger over cutting of hedges during nesting season

Dave McBride at hedges, severely cut, despite nesting birds near Silverstone Golf Club. PNL-140619-142813009

Dave McBride at hedges, severely cut, despite nesting birds near Silverstone Golf Club. PNL-140619-142813009

A wildlife activist has slammed the decision to cut hedges in the peak of nesting season and is petitioning for a law change.

Dave McBride, 51, from Towcester, was shocked to see rows of hedges ‘smashed to smithereens’, near Silverstone Circuit, on his commute to Gawcott.

Robins and sparrows are among a dozen species of birds which nest in hedges.

The cutting of hedges is not illegal but Mr McBride considers it ‘unnecessary’ to ‘brutalise’ the habitats of wildlife.

He said: “I wonder how many people would be happy knowing helpless baby birds were crushed and cut to pieces.

“I think it is a total disregard for wildlife and some of these hedges are cut back so hard there is not even a leaf left.”

Mr McBride has written to a number of authorities to remind them it is best practice to leave hedges uncut between March and August.

He told the Advertiser he was trying to find out who was responsible for the hedge cutting and would be starting a petition for a law change so birds could be protected from hedge cutters at this time of year.

Mr McBride said many birds fly to the UK from Scandinavia for berries so hedge cutting strips them of fruit as well as destroying nests.

He added the maintenance work which has taken place had not just endangered birds but has left hedges looking worse than they did before.

He said: “The hedges were not obstructing the roads or the view of traffic and in fact some of the hedges have been cut back so hard it is now an eyesore, not an improvement.”

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