UKTC Archive

RE: Netting over hedges

Subject: RE: Netting over hedges
From: Andrew Jones
Date: Mar 12 2019 11:15:04
Netting is generally a short term measure used in advance of hedgerow 
removals planned within the nesting season - sometimes due to 
pre-commencement conditions not having  been discharged (so hedgerow removal 
cannot be undertaken as part of the commencement of an 'approved' 
development)  or to avoid adverse impacts on other species 
(dormouse/reptiles) that could be adversely impacted if hedgerows were 
removed outside of the nesting season.

Sound ecological practice if hedgerows need to be removed  in the nesting 
season and a developer wishes to avoid allegations of disturbing nesting 
birds. Another alternative (where dormice are not involved) is coppicing the 
hedgerows but this is more harmful visually.

It's usually a just a risk reduction strategy (no one claiming it to be 100% 
effective) and hedgerow removal would still be undertaken under ecological 
supervision.

Just depends on the context and reasons for doing it.

The petitions may well be just to frustrate development and trying to prevent 
reserved matters or discharge of condition applications being approved.

Andy

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