Check for wildlife before cutting hedges

THE RSPB is asking people in Mid-Ulster to make sure they check their hedges for wildlife before making cuts

“This is not a good time to cut your hedges in any case,” said Stephanie Sim of the RSPB. “It’s the height of the breeding season and many birds are either having second broods or their young are fledging and finding cover in hedges as they make their first unsteady flights. In addition to birds, hedges are great places for insects, and mammals like bats use them as feeding banks as they swoop up and down these insect-rich superhighways. Keeping your hedge tidy might be the last thing you want to think about at this time of the year,” she said.

The RSPB is also reminding people that destroying nests and nest sites during the breeding season is a crime.

If you believe that a hedge with nests is being destroyed or disturbed, you can call Cookstown or Magherafelt PSNI station on 0845 600 8000, or Crimestoppers on anonymously on 0800 555 111.