Hedges are dynamic habitats that grow and change, on top of this they are also generally managed. This means that a hedge survey will be a snapshot of the condition of that hedge, and not a long term assessment. For this reason, re-surveying hedges is really important for our understanding of how our hedges are changing.
We would suggest a hedge that is surveyed every 5 years should give us enough information to understand it’s trajectory, so if you see any hedges on the map near you that have been surveyed 5 years or more ago, we would be very grateful if you re-surveyed them, whether you did the original survey or not.
However, if a hedge has had a dramatic structural change it would be great to get an updated survey. This includes if a hedge has been layed, if hedgerow trees have been felled or if any of the structure has died through disease or mismanagement.
- Which type of survey should I use?
- How do I identify the woody species?
- Do I need a landowners permission to survey a hedgerow?
- How often can I survey my Hedgerow?
- What do the different ratings mean?
- Survey guidelines
- Can I survey a hedge that has already been surveyed?
- How do I know what is the ‘start’ and ‘end’ of a hedge? They are all connected!
- How will this help hedgerows?
- What time of year is it best to survey hedges?