hedges

Hedge conservation – what is being done to protect this habitat?

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Holly in a hedgeHedgerows are listed as a priority habitat in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). This means that they have been identified as an important habitat and actions are being taken to increase the quantity and quality of hedges in the UK, so that they continue to support a wealth of wildlife.

Find out more about priority habitats

Hedges – fact and folklore

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Why are hedges important?

Hedges are one of the most diverse habitats found in Britain. More than 125 of our most threatened species are associated with hedges. More than 80% of our farmland birds rely on hedges for protection and food, and many threatened mammals feed on their fruits and seeds.

For many woodland species, hedges are the closest habitat to their native woodland left in some areas. This is especially true in urban environments, where a hedge is an excellent place to find wildlife, particularly invertebrates.

What does your hedge award mean?

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How does your hedge benefit wildlife? Is it an important provider of food and shelter for animals? When you submit your survey results online, we’ll give your hedge a rating that will tell you more about its potential importance for wildlife.

If you complete the whole survey, your hedge will receive a bronze, silver or gold award in each of the following three categories. But what do they mean?

How to: find a hedge for your Biodiversity Survey

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Hedges are everywhere. You will find them in streets, parks, school grounds and the countryside. However, if you need a little help to find a suitable hedge, try some of the following helpful tools.

Bear in mind that just because a hedge is on a map or in a database, it does not mean that it is open to public access. Please check with the owner or local authority first if you are unsure.

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