RSPB Appeals for Caution
By cutting trees, hedges or bushes in spring and summer nests might be damaged and birds could unwittingly be injured or scared away causing them to abandon their eggs or chicks.
The RSPB's South West spokesman, Tony Whitehead said: "Of course we appreciate that people like tidy gardens, but we would ask that wherever possible, please put down your secateurs unless it's absolutely necessary."
Many people mistakenly believe that birds don't start nesting until later this month but species like wrens, robins and blackbirds will already be in full swing.
Mr Whithead said: "In our garden we've already seen one blackbird flying off with a beak-full of mealworms, which means young must be in the nest. It's still early in the breeding season, but many birds can have two or three broods of youngsters in succession."
The RSPB advises that work on hedges, bushes and trees should properly be carried out in autumn and winter. But where work is absolutely vital, the RSPB urges people to keep their eyes peeled and tread carefully.