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    Hedgehogs could lose safeguards 3 February 2020

    Loss of EU protections could imperil UK hedgehogs, report says (via The Guardian)

     
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    By Phoebe Weston

    Britain’s hedgehogs could be at greater risk after Brexit because hedges may no longer be protected by agriculture regulations, a report says.

    Under EU law, hedgerows cannot be cut during the bird nesting season and two–metre wild “buffer” strips cannot be doused with pesticides or ploughed up. This is designed to protect hedgerow habitats that provide refuge for 80% of woodland birds and 50% of all mammals.

    The new agriculture bill reveals gaps in domestic legislation, meaning there is not the same level of protection as under the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP), according to the report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), commissioned by the Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and WWF.

    Read more via The Guardian