Hedge/Tree cutting should only be carried out during the period from 1st September to end of February. This is so as to avoid harming birds and their nests. It as an offence under Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976, amended by the Wildlife (Amendment) Act, 2000, to cut, burn or destroy any vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in a hedge or ditch during the period 1st March to 31st August (during the nesting and breeding season for birds and wildlife).