At the end of February hedge cutting will be prohibited until next September.
Almost two-thirds of Ireland’s bird species nest in hedges and these provide natural corridors that permit wildlife to move between habitats.
The closed season on hedge-cutting, adopted under the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, recognises the importance of conserving hedgerows and other vegetation for breeding birds and 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.
“Hedgerows are distinctive features of regional landscapes in County Donegal,” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “Hedges and other wild vegetation provide food and shelter for insects, birds and other animals.