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LATEST: Site last updated 25th September 2016

Minister Humphries ignored the advice of her own officials in pushing for changes to the Wildlife Act - see our Facebook page for more.

See very recent RSPB evidence/advisory note on August hedge cutting and nesting birds on our Resources page. "RSPB evidence/advisory note: August hedge cutting and nesting birds "

New Group Public Liability Insurance Scheme for Members who carry out Hedge Laying & Coppicing work.

31 Days, 31 Reasons Campaign
PETITION PASSES 23,000 Signatures. Thank you for signing and please keep sharing.

All of the 31 Days, 31 Reasons Facebook Posts have been amalgamated in to a single document that is now available on the Resources page.

The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland have joined forces with An Taisce, Birdwatch Ireland and the Irish Wildlife Trust 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, Heather Humphreys, that would allow burning in the uplands in March and hedge cutting in August 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. Over the coming month of August, focussing on hedgerows, we will be showing on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie/), one reason a day, why we consider the proposed changes to be flawed and how they will be detrimental to wildlife and sustainable farming in Ireland. Join our campaign to resist these changes and make sure that next August our hedgerows and the wildlife that depends on them are still given some protection. The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland is open to dialogue with all parties on this issue.

Please sign our petition to let the Minister know that you oppose the proposed changes to the Wildlife Act. https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/no-to-more-slash-and-burn


THE HEDGE CUTTING SEASON DOES NOT START UNTIL 1ST OF SEPTEMBER 2016.

The HLAI take this opportunity to point out that there have been NO CHANGES to the prescribed dates for cutting hedges and the burning of uplands. Anyone doing routine hedgerow cutting before September 1st will be in breach of the law,at risk of prosecution and damaging their hedges and the wildlife that depends on them.


A Strategy for Native Woodlands in Ireland 2016-2020 published by Woodlands of Ireland. The Strategy contains a number of references to the importance of Hedgerows to Native Woodlands. Link on links page

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Association Membership subscriptions for 2016/17 falls due on 1st September!

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"


Follow us on Twitter @hedgelayingie

Visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hedgelayingie, with a link available to it on our Links page.

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HLAI Hands On Hedges DVD available direct from hlai@eircom.net 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