Hedgerows criss-cross over our countryside providing vital habitat for our wildlife as well as acting as corridors for species dispersal.
Hedgerows are teeming with life. One study counted 2070 species in one 85 metre stretch. Even this was thought to be an underestimate. We appear to be winning the battle against the outright loss of hedgerows, but evidence points to a worrying decline in hedgerow condition through poor management. If this persists, these hedges too will perish, dealing another blow to the chances of survival for all those that currently call them home.
Healthy Hedgerows app
Designed for farmers and landowners, Healthy Hedgerows is a rapid hedgerow health checking survey. With just a handful of questions, this hedgerow health-checker will place each hedge you survey in the lifecycle and give you instant management options
Great British Hedgerow Survey
This interactive survey provides an instant health check for any hedge surveyed, as well as tailor made management advice to help your hedgerow thrive. The data will help give us a national view of hedgerow health.
National Dormouse Footprint Tunnel Survey
The National Dormouse Footprint Tunnel Survey will be based on a search for dormice in hedgerows rather than any other habitat. Footprint tunnels are relatively easy to use and can be used by people who do not have a dormouse licence.
Hedgerow plant diversity
Increasing a hedgerow’s plant diversity provides more resources for wildlife. Use our trees and shrubs guide to ID the species present in your hedge.
Hedgerows and wildlife
The importance of our hedgerow network cannot be overstated, especially at this time where we are seeing worrying declines in our native wildlife across the board.
Top tips for managing hedgerows
Hedgerows are a dynamic habitat that require management. Managing hedgerows on a cycle ensures their health and long term survival. Here are some top tips for managing hedgerows.
The structure of a hedge
Find out more about how individual elements of hedgerow structure affect how wildlife can use them.
What have hedgerows ever done for us?
Hedgerows aren't only great for wildlife, they also provide a wide range of benefits to farmers and land managers. Find out some of the ways hedgerows can work for us.
Threats to our hedgerows
We are still seeing the loss of our hedgerows across the UK. With many farmland species now marginalised to hedgerows, it’s time to look at the issues that are threatening them.
A history of hedgerows
The history of hedgerows reflects huge political change, agricultural development, invasions and riots. The hedges that criss-cross our landscape sometimes have a checkered past, their history is entwined with ours.
Healthy hedgerows on your land
Healthy hedgerows benefit farmers, provide life support for wildlife and many public and environmental benefits. You can manage your hedgerows to increase farm profitability, save money, reduce risks, help the environment, and generate income.