The Branchage Campaign has, by gathering stakeholders together, been hugely successful in driving change in Branchage practices and with a great deal of effort and dedication by all involved made considerable headway in improving practices. They have conducted training and produced new Guidelines which are progressively being adopted and hopefully they will become the V1 in a much better and more ecologically sensitive method of hedgerow management. The guidelines are now available as follows, and available as downloads in English, Portugese and Polish:
BANQUE, HEDGEROW AND TREE MANAGEMENT
Guidelines on Best Practice
The ‘Visite du Branchage’ inspections take place twice a year in each parish during the three weeks commencing 24th June and the three weeks commencing 1st September. The Visites are to ensure that a height of at least 12 feet (3.7 metres) is kept above all public roads and 8 feet (2.4 metres) above footpaths at all times.
• USE YOUR SKILL TO RAISE THE FLAIL HEAD ENOUGH TO AVOID EXPOSING BARE SOIL.
• DURING THE FIRST BRANCHAGE, CUT ONLY THE SIDES OF THE BANQUE TO A MINIMUM HEIGHT OF 10 CM.
• LEAVE THE VEGETATION UNCUT ON THE TOP OF THE BANQUE, AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT OVERHANG THE ROAD.
• ON THE SECOND BRANCHAGE IN SEPTEMBER, CUT THE SIDES AND TOP OF THE BANQUE TO A MINIMUM HEIGHT OF 10 CM.
• LEAVE TUSSOCKS OF VEGETATION FOR WILDLIFE WHERE POSSIBLE.
• TRY TO REMOVE ALL CUTTINGS; DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO COVER THE BANQUE OR FALL INTO THE ROAD.
• CHECK FOR THE PRESENCE OF WILDLIFE IN THE VEGETATION, HEDGES AND TREES.
• CONTACT JSPCA IF YOU FIND AN INJURED ANIMAL (TEL: 01534 724331).
• TRY TO IDENTIFY RARE OR UNCOMMON PLANTS AND DON’T CUT THEM ON THE FIRST BRANCHAGE, BUT DO CUT ON THE SECOND BRANCHAGE.
• CUT WITH HAND TOOLS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
• CUT THE VEGETATION AROUND THE BASE OF TREES, SHRUBS OR HEDGES.
• DESTROY NESTS OR ROOSTS OR INJURE NESTING BIRDS, BATS, HEDGEHOGS OR OTHER WILDLIFE.
• CARRY OUT MAJOR HEDGE CUTTING IN THE BIRD BREEDING SEASON (1ST MARCH—31ST JULY).
• CUT SO SEVERELY THAT BARE SOIL IS EXPOSED.
• CUT LOWER THAN 10 CM.
• USE HERBICIDES FOR ROUTINE BRANCHAGE PRACTICE.
• FLAIL OR STRIM JAPANESE KNOTWEED (separate leaflet available – Search ‘Japanese Knotweed’ on www.gov.je)
• LEAVE CUTTINGS SCATTERED ACROSS THE BANQUE.
• CUT THE INNER MARGIN OF HEDGEROWS EVERY YEAR, AND NEVER IN THE SPRING OR SUMMER.
• CUT RARE OR ENDANGERED PLANTS.
For more information and guidance regarding branchage practice and habitat management, please contact either the Natural Environment Team at Growth, Housing & Environment: Tel 01534 441600 or The National Trust for Jersey: Tel 01534 483193. For injured wildlife please contact the JSPCA: Tel 01534 724331. For Asian Hornet sightings: Tel 01534 441633.Download English Version Portugese Pobrac polska wersje