31 Days 31 Reasons why cutting hedges in August is a bad idea

4th November 2016

An Taisce in partnership with Birdwatch Ireland, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland and Irish Wildlife Trust have been campaigning for over a year against Minister Heather Humphreys, proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, which will allow cutting of hedgerows from the 1st of August and the burning and destroying of upland habitats from March 1st. There is overwhelming evidence that this proposal will have serious adverse consequences for Ireland’s already threatened and declining biodiversity.

The proposed changes are not designed to strengthen Wildlife protection they are to provide convenience to some sectors of the farming community. During the month of August 2016, focussing on hedgerows, the groups showed, one reason a day, why they consider the proposed changes to be flawed and how they will be detrimental to wildlife and sustainable farming in Ireland. Join the campaign to resist these changes and make sure that in August 2017 and beyond our hedgerows and the wildlife that depends on them are still given some protection.

Please sign our petition to let the Minister know that you oppose the proposed changes to the Wildlife Act. https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/no-to-more-slash-and-burn

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