The INHFA is calling on the Government to take action on changing legal burning dates

The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association has called on the government to take action on changing the dates for legal upland burning dates.

Under current regulations, burning of lands by farmers for cultivation is restricted to the months of September to February.

The INHFA want to see this changed as they feel the months that are allowed for burning are either too dry, which could lead to potential future wildfires, or are too wet where it is very difficult if at possible to have controlled burns.

However, Bird Watch Ireland are opposed to these changes as they say birds are nesting and laying eggs in the month of March.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Colm O’Donnell of the INHFA outlined why he feels changes are neccessary.