Monday, 22 December 2014

HAVE YOUR SAY ON HEDGE CUTTING AND BURNING OF VEGETATION

The Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys has announced that she is undertaking a review of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act which sets the times for cutting of hedges and burning of vegetation each year. Currently, the closed dates for cutting hedges are set at 1 March to 31 August, to protect nesting birds. The Heritage Council is calling on people to have their say. Commenting on the review Catherine Casey, Laois Heritage Officer said, "The bird nesting season is starting earlier each year and in recent years we are seeing an increase in the number of birds nesting outside the closed period, with many nests being destroyed especially in February. While there are many exemptions to the current closed dates the fear is that this review by the Minister could result in a blanket exemption for roadside hedges all year round. Such an exemption will have a devastating impact on our wildlife". "The purpose of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act is to protect bird life during the nesting season, to prevent forest fires and protect vegetation and wildlife habitats during the months of growth and reproduction. We are encouraging anyone who has concerns about hedgerows and wildlife to write to the Minister and outline their concerns. You can send your submissions to nature.conseravtion@ahg.gov.ie, with "Review of Section 40" as the subject. The closing date is Friday 9th January 2015".
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CORK COUNTY COUNCIL LAUNCHES PLANNING APP FOR MOBILE PHONES

Although not specifically news of a heritage nature there has been a recent development worth mentioning - the creation of a planning app for mobile phones (both Iphones and Android). The App is called "Planning Viewer" by Cork County Council and is free to download, containing a wealth of planning information such that users can easily "search a vast array of planning applications and associated documents from the comfort of their own home or on the move". Users will be able to view all the up to date information regarding planning applications lodged in their local area.

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NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DATA CENTRE RECORDING APP FOR MOBILE PHONES

The National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC), supported by the Heritage Council, has brought out a free biological recording phone App, “which allows anyone, young or old, to send details of sightings of wildlife directly from their phone”.  The NBDC is a most important centre with respect to Ireland’s natural heritage and the more records it receives the better. The NBDC website (www.biodiversityireland.ie) already contains over 3 million records representing the 14,314 different species in Ireland (accurate as of 05/12/14) and this app, available via Android and Iphone, should add greatly to the recording of species in this country. For more information click here
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CHURCHTOWN CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS 175th YEAR

St. Nicholas Church, Churchtown, celebrated its 175th Anniversary on Sunday 7th December 2014. Visit the Churchtown website here to read all about this notable commemoration.



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HERITAGE WEEK TO TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 22nd and 30th 2015

The Heritage Council has just announced the dates for Heritage Week 2015, to take place between Saturday 22nd and Sunday 30th August. It is never too early to start planning events and the Heritage Unit of Cork County Council is only too willing to offer advice for anyone looking to host an event in 2015. For a flavour of Heritage Week events, which took place in 2014, a review of same is available to view by clicking here.

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