Birds and the Bees

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Tree work is often thought of as winter work but with the correct practices tree removal and pruning work can be undertaken all the year round.

When working on trees during the growing season which is usually from March when the buds start to swell, to October when the leaves start falling, a number of additional factors have to be considered.

Trees such as Maples and Birch can 'bleed' from any new pruning cuts. This is the sap of the tree leaking out from a recent wound. In addition to the possible direct effects of the work on different tree species we come to the birds and the bees.

There are numerous mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and plants that have legal protection and if found must not be disturbed. Nesting birds, bats and their roosts, squirrels (the reds not the destructive grey's) and badgers are all protected.

The nesting season is generally considered to be from early March to August but this will depend on weather conditions which can change dramatically from year to year.

To avoid injury, damage or disturbance to protected flora and fauna prior to any works reputable arborists will thoroughly check all trees and their surroundings. In addition to protecting the wildlife and avoiding substantial fines it can also benefit the arborist as bees and wasps do not take kindly to a noisy chainsaw being operated next to their home. Many an arborist has received multiple stings from a swarm of angry bees or wasps.

Professional arborists take pride in their work and will often obtain the most satisfaction when tree removal can be avoided. A tree may require pruning but can then be retained which will shelter, feed and benefit the local wildlife for future generations.


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