The prohibition on burning vegetation comes into effect today (Wednesday, March 1st).
The Irish Wildlife Trust is reminding landowners in Kerry that from today it’s prohibited, under the Wildlife Act, to burn vegetation for the duration of the bird nesting season, which ends on August 31st.
The Trust says burning vegetation on hills contributes to the destruction of habitats and is a key factor in the decline of many of upland birds.
The Trust has also criticized proposals to extend the permitted burning dates in a bill to be presented by Minister Heather Humphreys to the Seanad this week.
IWT Campaign Officer Pádraic Fogarty said policies which promote environmental protection in hand with upland farming are needed.