When can you cut hedges to avoid nesting birds?
In particular, bird protection applies during the nesting and breeding season of birds. Under German law, this officially starts on 1 March. In order not to disturb the animals during nesting or breeding, the ban on pruning applies from 1 March up to and including 30 September. During this period, radically pruning back hedge plants or cutting them back to the trunk is prohibited in Germany.
Only light maintenance cuts to remove annual growth are permitted, and then only provided that no birds are nesting in the hedge. The NABU Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union recommends that even these maintenance cuts should not be carried out during the main breeding season between March and June.