Trees and related ecology is the hot favourite on the tree topic poll at present so I am going to do a post covering the most obvious species associated with trees, birds.
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Birds use trees for food, shelter, nesting, beak cleaning, broad casting their mating calls and probably a few other reasons I have not mentioned here! The bigger the tree the better the habitat.
Trees in urban areas are often reduced in height to address peoples concerns. Common issues are volume of leaf litter, a lack of day light, and to alleviate their fears regarding the safety of tall trees. Trees bend in the wind to distribute the forces acting upon them. This swaying can be extreme and usually causes unwarranted concern.
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It is widely recognised that when urban trees are reduced greatly in height, or in areas where smaller trees replace larger historic planting, an increase in predator birds such as the magpie is seen in conjunction with a reduction in song birds.
The bigger the tree, the greater number and variety of birds.
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It should be noted that we have many ground vegetation and hedgerow nesting birds in this country, and all birds and their nests are protected by Statute Law in The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
'The Act makes it an offence (with exception to species listed in Schedule 2) to intentionally kill, injure, or take any wild bird or their eggs or nests. Special penalties are available for offences related to birds listed on Schedule 1, for which there are additional offences of disturbing these birds at their nests, or their dependent young. The Secretary of State may also designate Areas of Special Protection (subject to exceptions) to provide further protection to birds. The Act also prohibits certain methods of killing, injuring, or taking birds, restricts the sale and possession of captive bred birds, and sets standards for keeping birds in captivity..
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Tree works are often disturbed or delayed due to nesting birds however it is part of tree management and there are many ecological concerns in arboriculture.
Just to touch on tree management while I have mentioned the subject, there are several times of year where tree works are problematic, or detrimental to the tree, not all of which coincide with sensitive times for associated ecological species. I will cover this in more detail within tree biology and tree management.
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