Managing Verges

Guidance on managing verges


The benefits that hedgerows provide for biodiversity are endless. Ina heavily fragmented landscape hedgerows link habitats such as woodland, grassland and ponds. This connects populations that would other wise be isolated and vulnerable and allows relocation to better habitat. Over 100 priority species utilise hedgerows for a variety of reasons such as for shelter, food, or navigation. Birds and small mammals’ nest in hedges, bats use hedgerows as foraging grounds and reptiles hide in the long tussocky margins associated with hedgerows.

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