A judge has handed a €1,000 fine to a farmer for destroying vegetation during the bird nesting season.
Mr Desmond Bagnall, Killellery, Geashill, County Offaly, appeared before Tullamore District Court on Monday, July 19th, 2021.
The judge charged him with a breach of Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, involving the destruction of vegetation during the bird nest season. The Offaly farmer pleaded guilty to the offence.
Fine for farmer
The court heard that National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) conservation rangers, Colm Malone and Kieran Buckley followed up a complaint a member of the public made.
They claimed that hedgerow vegetation had been destroyed at Killellery, Geashill, Co Offaly.
Over two days, the NPWS documented the extent of the destruction and presented the evidence to the court.
“A total of 109 meters was completely destroyed, piled into a corner of a field and burnt by Mr Bagnall. The vegetation that was destroyed contained old native hedgerows, including mature ash and whitethorn trees.”
In his evidence to the court, Malone stated that the vegetation was destroyed during peak bird nesting season.
He went on to say that he could not see any reason why the farmer could not have undertaken this work from September to February of any year.
Judge Catherine Staines said she was convicting Mr Bagnall and imposing a fine of €1,000 with four months to pay.
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Mr Brian O Reilly, Clonagh, Hollywood, County Laois, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Wildlife Acts at Carlow District Court on Thursday, September 2nd. Read the full article.
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McCloskey Livestock Ltd, of Teeavan Road, Dungiven, appeared before Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021.
The case initially arose from a routine monitoring inspection visit by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
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