Nesting Magpies


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Nesting Magpies

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I have discovered nesting magpies in a large tree which I plan on removing from the garden. As I understand it Magpie chicks are laid in April and require 4 weeks before fledging and a further 4 weeks being fed by their parents meaning they would be gone after 2 months making it safe for me to remove the tree from July. Please advise if this is correct so I can remove the tree legally.

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  • Hi CescaBell

    That sounds about right . But to be on the safe side  Do you think you could wait untill the end of September start of October before taking down the tree?

    All the best with the project .

    Welcome to the fourms by the way.



  • Hi Cescabell,

    7/8 weeks would normally be about right but i think you will know when they are finished.Like Al, says the longer the better but if you have too, they should definitely be all done by the end of July.:o)

  • Hi CescaBell and welcome to the RSPB Forum.  Enjoy yourself here.

    I would say when it comes to nesting birds that it is better to leave nesting species well alone until August/September time

    That would be the best way.  There is always a chance that the Magpies will try for another clutch of eggs if they feel the need too - survival of the species as they flourish once more.

    So I think the best thing is to hang fire with the removal of the tree for the time being until a later date.


    Kathy and Dave

  • For the Magpies to try for another clutch would mean a failed nest.Hopefully, that will not be the case.

  • I don't know if it is because of some legislation or just a voluntary estate policy, but my local foresters do not do any clearance work [pruning, ride clearing etc.] until July 15th each year. [St Swithin's Day].

    Hope this is of use.