While the law states that hedges and banks should be cut back by 15th June, it is to allow vehicles and pedestrians to pass unobstructed and does not require the destruction of nesting birds and their chicks, nor the scouring of fabulous and often rare plants growing on our earth banks.
Nesting birds and their eggs are protected by law. They cannot be disturbed. The June cut coincides with the breeding season which runs roughly between March and August. Many birds nest in hedges where they are sheltered and safe from most predators. Nests are often well hidden, so you might not know they are there.
The two laws are contradictory.
La Société Guernesiaise supports good practice guidelines to encourage biodiversity while also keeping roads safe. La Société also welcomes the use of native hedging such as Hawthorn as they support many more species than non-native hedging plants such as Griselinia littoralis.
Late winter is the best time to cut hedges. This gives wildlife, including migrating birds, a chance to eat any berries. It also means that the June cut can be lighter.