Yesterday marked the first day of this years hedge cutting season. The season last from 1 September to 28th February.
Hedges in fields and along roadsides can be cut during this time.
Farmers and contractor are unable under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 to cut or destroy hedges during the period of March 1st to 31st August. This is to allow wildlife time to breed and live in habitat.
There have been calls for a modification of the Wildlife Act to allow for more cutting. In a recent That’s Farming poll 87% of farmers surveyed said they wanting an extension to the hedge cutting and burning season.
74% of polled readers in the same survey said they were not concerned about the threat this posed to wildlife numbers.