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Conservation groups run 31 day campaign to keep August closed to hedge cutting

August 9th, 2016 Four leading Irish conservation groups have joined forces in a campaign aimed at convincing the Minister responsible for Natural Heritage, Heather Humphreys T.D., to maintain the closed period for hedge cutting as it currently stands: from the 1st of March to the 31st of August. BirdWatch Ireland, An Taisce, The Irish Wildlife Trust and the Hedgelaying Association …

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‘Creation Time’ celebration to encourage Christians to consider their impact on the Environment

This September, churches in Ireland will join Christians throughout the world in celebrating the natural world and reflecting upon ways to decrease their ecological footprint, in a celebration known as ‘Creation Time’.

Running from the 1st of September until the Feast of St Francis on the 4th of October, this festival enables Christians of many traditions to explore better ways to relate to the natural world in all areas of their lives, from how they worship, live and work, to their property and finance management, community outreach and contact with the developing world.

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Special screening of two Irish environmental films later this month

3rd of August, 2016 Friends of the Earth are hosting a special screening of two Irish environmental films in Dublin. The Atlantic and Community Power will be screened on the 17th of August in Filmbase, temple bar. Friends of the Earth Ireland (FOE) organises the screening of those two committed movies. Involved in many aspect of the protection of nature, …

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Hedgecutting during August STILL an offence say Environmental Pillar

July 29th, 2016 The Environmental Pillar have reiterated that it remains illegal to routinely cut hedges during the month of August. In a statement released yesterday, the advocacy coalition of 28 Irish NGOs have reinforced that under the Wildlife Acts, it is illegal to routinely cut hedgerows during the closed period, which begins on March 1st each year and continues until …

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Public concern over the sale of 5,000 acres of the Dublin Mountains by NAMA

This reservoir located within the Dublin mountains is a crucial link between Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains and has seen generations of people utilize the area for passive and active recreation and for its visual amenity. The topography and planning constraints demonstrate how this area is unsuitable for commercial development. This environmental, recreational and cultural asset should be protected for long-term public enjoyment as part of Wicklow Mountains National Park.

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Agricultural biodiversity loss is one of the greatest challenge of our time

28th of July, 2016 Over the last few years we have been experiencing great agrobiodiversity loss. Agrobiodiversity is the agricultural biodiversity meaning plants, vegetables, fruits… According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), we have lost 3/4 of the genetic diversity of plants during the 20th century and today human diet is based on 12 plant species and 14 animal species. …