- How do hedgerows improve the environment?
- Why is the removal of hedgerows bad?
- How does the removal of hedgerows affect biodiversity?
- Is it illegal to remove a hedgerow?
- What are the advantages of hedgerows?
- Why are hedgerows important for farms?
- What value and benefits do hedgerows have to wildlife in the Irish countryside?
- What's the meaning of hedgerow?
- Is it illegal to cut hedges in March?
- Are Cornish hedges protected?
- When can I cut hedgerows?
- How does reintroduction of field margins and hedgerows maintain biodiversity?
- Why are field margins and hedgerows are important in maintaining biodiversity?
- Can my Neighbour remove a hedge between our properties?
- What is a protected hedgerow?
- What is the difference between a hedge and a hedgerow?
How do hedgerows improve the environment?
Hedgerows reduce pollution
by reducing the amount of fertilisers, pesticides and sediment that reach watercourses. They do this by acting as a physical barrier, increasing infiltration into the ground, and through nutrients being recycled by the trees, shrubs and other plants.
Why is the removal of hedgerows bad?
Cutting a hedge too often, and at the same height, not only reduces value of the hedge to wildlife, but also threatens the future of the hedge structure. This leads to gaps forming in the hedge which impacts their value as wildlife corridors.
How does the removal of hedgerows affect biodiversity?
Hedgerow removal can lead to the loss of important connections within the landscape for commuting bats and also a reduction in insect diversity and hence foraging opportunities. Management of hedgerows for bats should aim to produce tall (ideally a minimum of 3m), wide and continuous hedges, comprising native species.
Is it illegal to remove a hedgerow?
Removing a hedgerow is a criminal offence which can lead to potentially unlimited fines if the breach is deemed serious enough to be heard in the Crown Court.
What are the advantages of hedgerows?
Benefits of a hedgerow
Hedgerows provide shelter for stock and crops and cut down wind speed, which prevents erosion. They are good for game, providing corridors for pheasants to disperse around farms. Many farmers have kept hedgerows because pheasants and partridges use them.
Why are hedgerows important for farms?
Agricultural Benefits: Hedgerows can provide shelter and shade for livestock, prevent soil erosion, and help reduce agricultural runoff reaching rivers and causing pollution. They can help improve soil health and vegetation growth, providing additional forage for livestock.
What value and benefits do hedgerows have to wildlife in the Irish countryside?
Hedgerows give the Irish landscape its distinctive character and field pattern. They provide an important wildlife habitat especially for woodland flora and fauna. Increasing the variety of hedgerow types in terms of height, width, shape and species mix promotes diversity in flora and fauna.
What's the meaning of hedgerow?
Definition of hedgerow
: a row of shrubs or trees enclosing or separating fields.
Is it illegal to cut hedges in March?
Hedge cutting and the law
We recommend avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds, which usually runs throughout March to August each year. ... If someone is cutting a hedge during this period, speak to them and politely mention the risk to birds' nests, and the laws protecting nests.
Are Cornish hedges protected?
Cornish Hedges are not protected, which means they are at risk from destruction and development. Hedges link a network of habitats and enable otherwise isolated species to move freely among them.
When can I cut hedgerows?
When to trim hedges
New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is usually carried out in winter or early spring. After this, maintenance trimming is carried out, usually once a year for informal hedges and twice a year for formal hedges.
How does reintroduction of field margins and hedgerows maintain biodiversity?
Conservation headlands, beetlebanks and grass margins around arable fields are all kept free of pesticides so that invertebrates can thrive. Insects living in these strips may include crop pollinators and predators of crop pests, and are also a food source for birds and small mammals.
Why are field margins and hedgerows are important in maintaining biodiversity?
Field margins can help buffer hedgerows and ditches from farm operations, and a diversity of habitats in close proximity will have wildlife benefits, providing a greater range of food resources, shelter and breeding habitats, especially benefitting less mobile species. Corners of fields can be particularly valuable.
Can my Neighbour remove a hedge between our properties?
When a hedge sits along the boundary between two properties, both landowners will need to be in agreement before the hedge is removed. ... While you are allowed to maintain the hedge on your side, removing it is illegal. If you do remove a boundary hedge without permission, your neighbour may choose to take you to court.
What is a protected hedgerow?
Check if a hedgerow is protected. A countryside hedgerow is a boundary line of bushes which can include trees. A hedgerow is protected, meaning you cannot remove it, if it meets the following criteria for: length. location.
What is the difference between a hedge and a hedgerow?
is that hedgerow is a row of closely planted bushes or trees forming a hedge while hedge is a thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a ...