Life in the Hedge: How to Manage Hedgerows for Wildlife

Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022

Tuesday 22nd February 2022 from 7.30pm until 9pm GMT.

Native hedgerows can play a major role in helping nature recovery and mitigating climate change. The government wants the post-Brexit agricultural subsidy system to encourage farmers and landowners to better maintain hedges to meet these aims.
Hedgerows can prevent flooding, soil erosion and are important carbon stores. They provide dispersal corridors across the countryside and are vital to the survival of much farmland wildlife. A well managed healthy hedge can become an amazing ecosystem, with an astounding species-richness, providing shelter, nesting habitat, wildflowers and berries for a wide range of wildlife.

Many priority species for conservation action are associated with hedgerows.

Talk attendees will discover:

  • How to manage a hedge as a wildlife habitat
  • How the wrong kind of management can lead to hedges losing much of their value for wildlife and a reduction in the longevity of the hedge
  • How and when to rejuvenate a hedge

Rob Wolton

Why hedges are good for wildlife and for us

Devon has the best hedges in the world, says Rob Wolton, Chair of the Devon Hedge Group. A native hedgerow’s ability to support wildlife well is immense. Rob’s talk will focus on the great importance of our hedges for farmland wildlife plus some of the other reasons they are so valuable to us, such as for crop pollination, removing pollutants, soil conservation and carbon capture.

Nigel Adams

Hedgerow Management – a life cycle approach

Good management is vital for maintaining healthy hedgerows. Nigel looks at the good the bad and the ugly of hedgerow management and suggests that we need to allow hedges to slowly progress through a natural lifecycle before being rejuvenated. Once we recognise this life cycle, and use it to influence our management decisions, we will be able to maintain a healthy stock of hedgerows throughout the country, for wildlife and people, that we can pass on to future generations.

Mike Ingram

Useful by-products from a laid or coppiced hedge

Many people burn the brash produced from a cut hedge as a way of disposing of the material but there are other options. Mike Ingram from South Brent Hedges and Woodland Group will share information on the useful products that can be utilised from the arisings, from woodfuel to biochar.

The talks will be followed by a Question & Answer session

This event is organised by Moor Meadows, a grassroots community group based in Devon. Moor Meadows is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers passionate about meadows and nature recovery. Its mission is to celebrate the wonderful diversity of native plants and wildlife to be found in species-rich grasslands and to help reverse the trend of wildlife declines.

This talk is free, but if you can afford a donation, between £2.50 and £10, this will go towards supporting our work.  All registrants will receive the link to watch the talk again immediately afterwards, plus a list of relevant links of interest provided by the speakers.  For all the detalis and to book your place, please click here.

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