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HLAI Secretary Mark McDowell interviewed on RTE Countrywide (6th February) on proposed changes to hedge cutting dates in the Wildlife Act.
Over 15,000 people have signed a petition to oppose these changes. There is still time to register your support.
The IFA are wrong on this. In the interview IFA spokesman Harold Kingston said that this is "purely for the cutting of one years growth and that’s what’s contained in the Bill that was published".
However Part 3, Section 8, 2 of the new Heritage Bill permits the “cutting, grubbing or destroying otherwise” of hedgerows in August – hardly just “one years growth”. It is a licence for significant habitat disturbance and destruction.
It is very difficult to see any way that the proposed changes can have anything other than a negative impact on birds or other wildlife at such a critical time of the season.
There has been a lack of dialogue and genuine participation of all stakeholders in the Review of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act carried out by Minister Heather Humphries which led to these proposed changes.
This has been a flawed process from the start. It is time for this section of the Heritage Bill to be scrapped and all parties get together around the table and discuss Sustainable Hedgerow Management with a clean slate.
Membership subscriptions for 2015/16 fell due on 1st September!
The Hedge Laying Association wish to thank the hundreds of people who visited the Hedgeducation Unit at this year's Ploughing and to wish them all the best of luck with their hedgerow endeavours.
Hedgerows - SoilSavers Poster and references added to Resources page, listed under Hedgerows-SoilSavers
New research paper on hedgerow rejuvenation added to Resources page - "Re-structuring hedges"
The HLAI have established a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie, with a link available to it on our Links page.
HLAI Hands On Hedges DVD available direct from email@example.com €12 (plus €3.25 p+p)
Contact number for Northern Ireland enquiries 0044 (0)7591 405275
We would like to acknowledge the financial support received from the Irish Environmental Network