RESIDENTS were left ‘horrified’ this week after birds were disturbed during nesting season when developers dug up a hedgerow to make way for a 45-hectare business site.

The hedgerow, off Tankersley Lane in Hoyland, was removed to make way for the new 363,000sq ft distribution hub for parcel giant Hermes.

Although the structure is built, landscaping work around the site has commenced which includes the removal of established boundary hedges.

Onlooker David White said it was heartbreaking - especially in nesting season.

“It was soul-destroying to see - many of the hedgerows will be lost to facilitate access infrastructure and large commercial units,” he added.