Protect hedgerows and UK wildlife habitats under new Brexit legislation

Protect hedgerows and UK wildlife habitats under new Brexit legislation

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Jessica Venner started this petition to House of Commons

Hedgerow provides a home for 80% of woodland birds and 50% of all mammals in the UK and is home to the dwindling hedgehog population which has fell by 97% since the 1950s. Hedgehogs and other woodland and farmland wildlife is now at an even greater risk as a result of the new agricultural bill being brought in after Brexit. This bill does not protect our hedgerows from trimming and destruction, as they would have been under EU law. This is likely to cause the significant loss of farmland and woodland birds, as well as small animals such as voles and dormice, due to habitat loss. 

Birds nest from February to August and, under CAP, farmers are not allowed to trim hedges between the 1 March and 1 September, in order to protect wildlife. Buffer strips are also required to be two metres wide, without the use of pesticide or fertiliser. This will now be lost in the new agricultural bill and is not currently planned for discussion in the House of Commons.

It is so important that the government consider this as part of the new agricultural bill. Without protection, the even greater loss of the UK's hedgerows will have a significant impact on climate change efforts in the UK. This is entirely at odds with efforts to reward farmers for the restoration and protection of nature. Rather than moving forward to reverse climate change, the UK government are serving to add to the problem by omitting the important protection that our hedgerows and wildlife deserve here in the UK. Please make a difference now.

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