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The Irish Wildlife Trust is highlighting that the ban on hedge cutting still runs in Kerry and around the country until the end of August 31st.

Their office has received numerous calls from around the country regarding illegal hedge cutting this summer and there is now a real concern that this will escalate during the month of August.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act outlines the period of the ban from March 1st until August 31st, and urges people to report any illegal cutting of hedges to their local Gardai or National Parks and Wildlife Ranger to help ensure the protection of wildlife.

A recent freedom of information enquiry has revealed that since 2011, there have been 40 prosecutions for illegal hedge cutting, with the majority of cases having a fine imposed.