Why Hedgerows Matter

31 Days, 31 Reasons Campaign

Four environmental organisations (An Taisce, Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust and the Hedge Laying Association of Ireland) joined forces to campaign against proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act (contained in the Heritage Bill 2016) being made by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, that would allow burning in the uplands in March and hedge cutting in August and from 2017 onwards.

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.


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