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Hedgerow Cutting Restrictions - The National Parks and Wildlife Service

Restrictions on cutting hedgerows are set out in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 as amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Heritage Act 2018. These Acts stipulate that it is an offence to destroy vegetation on uncultivated land between the 1st of March and the 31st of August each year.  The Heritage Act 2018 includes provisions to allow for managed hedge cutting and burning at certain times within the existing closed period on a pilot two year basis.

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If you notice something unusual in the natural world in your garden or on your travels or have a question about wildlife, ask the Mooney Goes Wild experts! We will do our best to get you the answer but remember a picture paints a thousand words so, if it is possible and safe to do so, take a picture and send it to Mooney@rte.ie

Bats
Ireland is currently home to nine species of bat. All our bats are totally harmless, much smaller than people imagine and very dependent on humans for their survival...  Read more...

Bees
The plump furry-looking bee that can be seen flying from flower to flower in your garden is a bumblebee. Along with the wasp they are the most visible of these three species...  Read more...

Foxes
If you thought you saw a fox in your garden, then chances are you were right! Where foxes are common, most houses will be visited by one during the night...  Read more...

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If you have mature trees or high walls or a blank gable end to your house, putting up a nest box to attract birds in summer is well worth considering.  Read more...

Jackdaws
Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) were originally known as 'choughs', a name derived from the bird's principal call. Jackdaws also utter chattering calls...  Read more...

Mammals
It's believed that mammals evolved about 200 million years ago from small shrew-like animals. By studying fossils, it's possible to say that mammals evolved from early reptiles...  Read more...

Wildlife Gardening
A wildlife garden recreates the habitats found in nature. It provides a haven for creatures of all kinds. No chemicals are used so that the balance of nature is not disturbed...  Read more...

Robins
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Turtles
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