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    One of the service stations on the M6 in Cumbria bought a new mower for their grassy areas a couple of year back.
    When they went to get it out to use it, they found that a robin had built her nest slap bang on top of the brand new, unused mower.
    They had to get the old mower repaired to use for the first few months ;-)
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    A few years ago a robin made its nest in an open bag of compost in the GH. I had to buy some more compost and put my plants elsewhere until they left.
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    My neighbour's got a block of flats in his garden - he put up a robin nesting box under a bush and one quickly moved in. When he went to check it a week or so later, no sign of robins but a blackbird had built her nest on the top of the box so he'd assumed that the robins had been frightened off by the blackbirds.
    Oh no, when he went to check the blackbird nest the other day, a robin shot out of the bush - and upon investigation he found that both nests had eggs in, robins inside and blackbirds on top.
    All the best from rural South Cumbria
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    Housemartins have been nesting in my porch year after year never stopping for a minute. I had to remove a new sensor light as it put them off around dusk. They normally have two lots of eggs, last year seven hatched, so good to watch them learning to fly.
    The only downside is a front door and step covered in droppings but I love the fact they trust my porch to be safe for them. My village has them under eaves, gutters and thatched roofs,the sky is filled with them all day long.
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    I approached a garden maintainance chap the other day on the allotment to ask why he was cutting the hedge when it was nesting time. He rolled his eyes and in a patronising voice said " Oh have we been watching Spring Watch?" As my allotments next to the hedge I said no but I've seen birds taking food in for their young.
    and pointed out RSPB suggest not hedgecutting between end March to Aughst. He said it was nonsense and all the birds have finished nesting now (mid June) ....which I know is nonsense! He also said he'd not come across any nesting birds. I pointed out it was a bit late in the day if he had as he'd have frightened them off.
    Anyway as it was a householder on the other side of the allotment hedge who as a nicety had the hedge cut my side so I had to back down.Rather than upset him. Against my better judgement I said sorry for having a go to the chap and he apologised for being so rude (he was! )
    My neighbours at home are also cutting their hedges. But what can you do? I know there are more important things going on but the couldn't care less attitude really bothers me. I do understand it's their livelihood hedge cutting the cavalier attitude is depressing.
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    Super tidy gardeners are an enemy to wildlife - what with hedges trimmed back flat all summer and lawns mowed to 1" grass height, its like a green dessert in some places. I know its good to have some bits like that, but everyone should have at least one patch where things are more untidy and there's some cover for birds and other creatures.
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    Hi, My hedge on the plot has not been trimmed for 2 years and looking at it the other day it has spread half way across my shed. I will trim it later in the year and did consider it when I looked at it but moving round the back of the shed the amount of alarm calls I got from a variety of different birds, the blackbird being the loudest, I said no it can wait and I will give it a good haircut later. I do like to see the birds and they need all the help we can give according to the RSPB and a lot are in decline.

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    Good for you - the other thing about trimming back hedges in Winter is that a lot of the prunings can be kept for use as pea-sticks or whatever, without having dead leaves getting in the way.

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