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Hedge cutting season comes to an end 26.02.24

WITH 2024 being a leap year, landowners have an extra day to cut their hedgerows before the hedge cutting season comes to an end on Thursday, 29th of February.

Almost two-thirds of Irelandís bird species nest in hedges and these hedgerows provide natural corridors that permit wildlife to move between habitats. 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.
Under the Wildlife Act, the cutting of hedges comes to an end on Thursday.
Hedgerows cover approximately 1.5% of the land area of Ireland and, based on a survey commissioned under the County Heritage Plan, there are 10,408 kilometres of hedgerows in Donegal. Some of the common native hedgerow species include ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, willow, rusty and gorse, whilst other non-native species of cotoneaster, fuchsia and privet were also recorded.

If you would like to find out more about the wise management of hedgerows, The Heritage Council has produced booklets with advice on best conservation practice and planting native species. Copies of the booklets entitled Conserving Hedgerows and Hedgerows for Pollinators are available free of charge from the Heritage Office on 074 91 7 2576 or by email at heritage@donegalcoco.ie .
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