Hedgerows and wildlife
A new leaflet is now available to land managers, other
individuals and organisations on hedgerow management for
Hedgerows not only act as a boundary but also provide an
important food resource and habitat for wildlife. Flowers and
berries provide food for all sorts of animals and birds, and the
dense structure provides shelter, nesting and hibernation sites for
birds, small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates.
Many wildlife habitats across the UK have undergone massive
declines in the last fifty years and in the light of such losses,
hedgerows have become even more important as havens for
Sadly, between the mid-eighties and nineties, over a quarter of
Welsh hedgerows were lost, making the remainder all the more vital
The leaflet explains the best ways to manage a hedgerow for
wildlife, outlining some simple actions that can make a drastic
difference to the number of species it can support.
You can now download the
Hedgerows and Wildlife leaflet to print at home.
Or, if you’d like to request a hard copy of the leaflet or ask
for more information on how you can manage your hedgerow for
wildlife, please contact the Ecology Team on 01446 704855 or