Hedgerows are key habitats for several reasons. They provide cover, roost sites and are an important food source in the winter months for different bird species. However, hedgerow habitats are in significant decline, and in some parts of the UK only 50% of hedgerows remain.
If a hedgerow is deemed ‘important’ under set criteria, they are protected under the Hedgerows Regulations Act (1997) and cannot be removed without first applying to your Local Planning Authority (LPA) to have it removed.
Here at SAP Ecology and Environmental, we can carry out a hedgerow survey to determine whether a hedgerow is classed as ‘important’ and advise on if you will require planning permission to be remove a hedgerow in a legal manner.
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