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Farm hedges

Are you interested in the best way to manage farmland hedgerows for wildlife? These pages aim to give a balanced view of the practicalities of looking after farm hedgerows, says a little about their history, and gives details about where to go for further advice and information.

Value of hedgerows for wildlife

Hedgerows provide food and shelter for many species. Because they often link small woods, they are essential corridors along which wildlife can travel. More...

Value of hedgerows for wildlife

History of hedgerows

Before people farmed, they were hunter-gatherers and the only hedgerows were dead hedges, constructed of thorns and sharpened branches for protection from attack. More...

History of hedgerows

Hedgerow loss/gain: the position

Since World War II, hedgerows have been removed at a much faster rate than they have been planted. In some parts of the country 50% of hedgerows have gone. More...

Hedgerow loss/gain: the position

Farmers and hedgerow management

Hedgerows are good for stock, crops, game and help prevent soil erosion. They can also help control insect pests. Find out the benefits and problems associated with hedges and their management. More...

Farmers and hedgerow management

When and how to trim

What is the RSPB's advice on the best times and methods of trimming hedges? More...

When and how to trim

Advice and grant aid for hedge management and planting

Read about the different sources of advice and grant aid available to farmers for hedge management. More...

Advice and grant aid for hedge management and planting