The hedgerow habitat generally resembles woodland edge and scrub, occurring
in a linear form. As well as being important habitats in themselves, hedges
provide links between other habitats, such as woods and ponds, forming a network
across country, along which it is thought wildlife can travel. The most important
hedges for wildlife are those with the most diverse habitats, which in general
means the most species-rich hedges, but which also includes structural diversity,
which is particularly important for birds. Diversity can arise in a number of
ways, but usually the most species-rich hedges are also the most ancient; these
now have some measure of protection under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997.
Hedgerows are especially important for butterflies and moths, farmland birds,
bats and small mammals.
Some species which will benefit from this HAP
Black Hairstreak butterfly
Brown Hairstreak butterfly