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Hedge-cutting season to end next week 23.02.22

LANDOWNERS in Inishowen are being reminded that hedge-cutting season comes to an end on Monday, February 28, 2022. Hedgerows play an important role in providing food and shelter for wildlife and contribute to the landscape character of the peninsula. From the end of February until the end of August, hedge-cutting is not permitted under the Wildlife Acts which recognise the importance of conserving hedgerows and other vegetation for breeding birds, other animals and plants. Public works involving the disturbance of hedgerows during this period may only be carried out for reasons of public health and safety.

“Almost two-thirds of Ireland’s bird species nest in hedges and these hedgerows provide natural corridors that permit wildlife to move between habitats,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “Donegal County Council recognises the importance of maintaining hedgerows as part of wise conservation of our natural heritage, good farming practice and protecting County Donegal’s natural and picturesque beauty. The maintenance of our hedgerows supports our collective efforts to reduce biodiversity loss and protect our natural heritage.”
A roadside hedgerow near St. Johnston. The cutting of hedges from the end of February until the end of August is not permitted under the Wildlife Acts.
Reports of unauthorised hedge-cutting should be made to the National Parks & Wildlife Service or the Gardaí who have statutory powers to enforce the Wildlife Acts.

Common hedgerow species in Donegal include ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, beech, eared willow, rusty willow, gorse, cotoneaster, fuchsia and privet. If you would like to find out more about the wise management of hedgerows, a booklet entitled Conserving Hedgerows is available free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office on 074 91 72576 or by email at heritage@donegalcoco.ie .
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