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What Happens to Trees During Nesting Season?

When it comes to tree surgery and maintaining trees on your property, you’d be forgiven for thinking you can do as much work and carry out as many treatments as you please.

To an extent this is true, however it is important that you’re aware of the the implications for any wildlife living in the trees. This is particularly the case during nesting season, the time of year when all kinds of birds head into trees to build nests, lay eggs and bring up their young. 

At Artemis Tree Services we place an emphasis on being environmentally conscious arborists and are always considerate of our wildlife whenever we carry out our work.

In this month’s article, we’ll be looking at what happens to trees during nesting season, and what work you are able to carry out during this crucial time of year.        

When is Nesting Season?

First, it’s important to establish when nesting season takes place. While it’s slightly different for different species of bird, it’s largely recognised as any time between February and August. 

However, many experts suggest that between March and July is actually the busiest time of nesting season when most birds are affected. 

What Are Your Responsibilities During Nesting Season?

It is a criminal offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird or damage its nest. A nest is considered active on the occasion that the very first stick or any other nesting material is added to the nest site.  

This could mean that it’s not possible to carry out your tree work as planned and in some cases it will have to be delayed. All property owners who have nesting birds in their trees have a responsibility to keep the wildlife safe so it’s important to be aware of what is going on.

During nesting season you should always check for any signs of nesting in your trees. You should inform tree surgeons or any other contractors you’ve hired to carry out work if you are aware of any nesting birds. The arborists can then make their own independent assessment of the situation. 

Even if a tree does not have an active nest in it, you still may not be able to carry out work in it if a neighbouring tree has nesting birds. Often birds select a tree for nesting where neighbouring trees provide additional shelter or protection from predators. By disrupting a neighbouring tree it may cause a bird to abandon its nest which is also an offence. 

Sometimes work can be carried out on a tree despite it being nested in. This will usually be in the form of minor maintenance or other low-level treatments. To determine whether or not it is appropriate to work on a tree with an active nest, a pre-work survey will need to be conducted by a professional such as a member of our team at Artemis Tree Services.   

Also be mindful of ground nesting birds in your ground level vegetation which are easy to overlook. Be aware of your surroundings and consider how your actions are affecting all wildlife during this delicate time of the year.  

When Should You Book Your Tree Work?

There isn’t necessarily a problem working on trees during nesting season, as long as you are confident there aren’t any birds nesting in your trees.  If you are concerned about the possible presence of nesting birds, Artemis staff will be happy to advise on this during the tree work quotation visit. 

Here at Artemis Tree Services, we have a team of award-winning contractors who operate throughout North London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and more.

If you require any of our tree services, get in touch with us today.  

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Two jobs were scheduled. A fruit tree was pruned and shaped and I was very happy with the work. A second job was to shape a viburnum, work that Artemis has undertaken several times before. On this o... Two jobs were scheduled. A fruit tree was pruned and shaped and I was very happy with the work. A second job was to shape a viburnum, work that Artemis has undertaken several times before. On this occasion the usually first rate work from Artemis fell somewhat short. However, after much effort and reworking a reasonable outcome was reached. I will add though that the two staff members were very personable, which has always been the case on the occasions I have used your company. I will have no hesitation in continuing to use Artemis.

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Outstanding work as usual from Artemis. Arrived on time and were very polite and friendly guys. Great attention to detail and everything was cleared up afterwards. We are always very pleased with the ... Outstanding work as usual from Artemis. Arrived on time and were very polite and friendly guys. Great attention to detail and everything was cleared up afterwards. We are always very pleased with the excellent service they provide.

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Excellent service. Helpful advice at the quoting stage, efficient customer service and the work completed as promised by a professional team. Thoroughly recommended.... Excellent service. Helpful advice at the quoting stage, efficient customer service and the work completed as promised by a professional team. Thoroughly recommended.

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Always a pleasure to deal with Artemis Trees from quotation through to the job being carried out. Knowledgeable, efficient and polite. Very professional.... Always a pleasure to deal with Artemis Trees from quotation through to the job being carried out. Knowledgeable, efficient and polite. Very professional.

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Excellent service, from first contact, through the quoting and on to the final job. Everyone was very knowledgable and friendly and everyone arrived when promised and work was done as agreed without a... Excellent service, from first contact, through the quoting and on to the final job. Everyone was very knowledgable and friendly and everyone arrived when promised and work was done as agreed without any issues. Recommended.

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Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.... Friendly and polite service provided. Professional attention to tree shaping greatly appreciated. Thorough and considerate. Would highly recommend.

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Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we h... Excelent service from start to finish.We had 23 conifer hedge trees removed and stumps ground out.It took a day & a half to complete by a team of 4,who were very professional and friendly. As we have no side access they carried everything through the kitchen and hallway, without any damage whatsoever. I would not hesitate to recommend or use Artemis again.

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To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched ti... To portray the location of this multitrunked conifer tree, it had been planted as an ornament in a rockery yet over the years it had grown to a very large ten trunk tree. It was situated sandwiched tightly between my garage that has a fragile and easily breakable roof, a summerhouse having a flimsy timber roof and the garden timber fence, both also easily damaged. The tree felling gang of two men very carefully cut down the tree trunk by trunk and lowered the cut lengths to ground level without any damage whatsoever to the surrounding obstacles. All the tradesmen who carried out two operations, were very pleasant to deal with and I have nothing but praise for the couple of teams Artemis sent to fell the large conifer and secondly to grind out the trunk to ground level, the guys were all very polite and professional, they were a pleasure to work with as I just made the tea and drinks and provide some beverages for them. I am more than pleased with the work they carefully carried out in my garden, thank you. Many thanks for all of Artemis Tree Services help, I shall have no hesitation to recommend your company for tree work as I may be asked in the future.

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We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfacti... We were very happy with Artemis . The job involved trimming of Leylandiii trees in the rear garden. We obtained a good quote for the work.Artemis attended prompty and work was done to our satisfaction.Only issue was one of protecting our carpets, a wider covering would have been more Appropriate. We would recommend this company.

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Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and ... Excellent service from Artemis from the initial contact to the completion of the work, The two people who actual did the tree work were both excellent. They were extremely professional, courteous and helpful, They did an outstanding job and left the site very clean and tidy. Would unreservedly recommend this company.

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