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  • Joined Jan 2009
  • West Cornwall
    • Movement is Life
Collateral damage from hay cutting
« on: July 20, 2014, 06:41:49 pm »
We had our field cut today for our hay crop this year. Unfortunately I discovered that one of our resident hen pheasants was obviously sitting on a second clutch of eggs and she and the nest got obliterated  :gloomy:
We were only saying this morning that we hadn't seen that particular hen pheasant (we called her Congo) for a while (we have a feed station for them down outside the patio doors). She had hatched out 6 chicks in May which she brought down to the feed regularly. Once they had grown up she was again courted by the cock pheasants and we saw her with one or two of them pretty much all the time.
It was such a pity that she didn't decide to make her nest 20 yards away in the corner of the field that we leave  to grow wild all year round.  :(

Oh poo


  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Collateral damage from hay cutting
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 07:08:11 pm »
last years hay cut of some 20+ acres got two nests and devastated my other half - so this year it's being left late (and past the best hay stage)...


  • Joined Oct 2013
  • English Lake District
Re: Collateral damage from hay cutting
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014, 10:27:39 am »
As they say - "Sh!t happens", and despite all our best efforts, there will be casualties!
I recall one occasion where a group were advised to postpone plans to conservation graze a coppiced mossland with cattle due to their plans coinciding with the well known and established birthing period of the resident roe deer, not to mention the ground nesting birds in situ.

The advice was ignored and sure enough at least two new born kids were trampled, and god only knows how many nests were lost.

Sometimes the efforts of so called conservation bodies cause a lot more damage and disruption than the occasional, but unfortunate, chopping of a sitting hen!
Please also remember, your efforts in managing the land are contributing more to benefiting wildlife than if you left the land unmanaged. :thumbsup: 
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.  ~Douglas Adams


  • Joined Mar 2012
  • South Wales
Re: Collateral damage from hay cutting
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014, 03:51:01 pm »
Can't be helped - even if you cut by hand as I am doing there are still casualties (and you get to see them up close, urgh).  The nearly silent swoosh of the scythe blade is not loud enough to cause critters the to scarper!  The other day I launched a family of newly born mice several feet across the field, never to be seen again; mummy mouse was not very impressed!


  • Joined Jan 2010
    • Allt Y Coed Farm and Campsite
Re: Collateral damage from hay cutting
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2014, 01:08:21 am »
Thats so sad to hear :(


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