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Bagillt coastal path hedgerow chopped down

A HEDGEROW which provides a screen for wildlife on a new footpath has been chopped down by vandals.

Senior coastal ranger Mike Taylor and his team have been working for the past two years to reinstate the right of way on Bagillt foreshore as part of their work on the All Wales Coastal Path.

But last week Mr Taylor was contacted by a member of the public who reported the damage.

He said: “Someone has come along with a bow saw and chopped down 100m of hedgerow.

“This is an important hedgerow because it provides cover for migratory birds who feed on the shoreline and reduces the disturbance to them by visitors to the coastal path.

“We have worked really carefully, within the guidelines of the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW), to prune back the hedge without disturbing birds.

“We’re very disappointed that someone has done this. It’s vandalism.”

Mr Taylor said he thought the hedge would take four or five years to grow back.

He added: “The worry is that someone will do this again.

“It just seems to be mindless destruction.

“The branches which had been cut were left there so it hadn’t even been taken for firewood.”

Bagillt councillor Mike Reece added: “So much good work has been done in this area of Bagillt and it’s awful for someone to do something like this.

“I was really shocked to hear about it.”

Mr Taylor is calling for members of the public who may have information about the incident to contact the Flintshire Countryside Service on 01244 814931.