There are a large number of hederows within the project area, many of which are species-rich and could even be relics of previously cleared woodland.
The project area has always been charaterised by small enclosed fields which could be related to the enclosures act but more likley asssociated with the intricate land management.
Unfortunately, some of these hedgerows have been grubbed-out to increase pasture and arable land, and the project actively encourages the replanting of hedges through our grants.
Hedgerows are of very high conservation value due to their connectivity between woodland and acting as corriors for wildlife, such as bats and small mammals.
Hedgerows often have the open grown form which means if they are not annually cut they can provide a very important nectar source for invertebrates as well as habitat for nesting birds.
Hedgerows are best managed through the traditional cultural practice of hedgelaying – a now almost forgotten skill and lost art and craft.
Further research is needed to ascertain the amount of hedgerow present within the project area and where losses have occured.