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  • 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.

  • PTES Hedgerow Survey

    Current Hedgerow Statistics

    Length of
    hedgerow surveyed

    545 km

    Average number of woody species
    reported per 30m


    % hedges in each
    main structure category

    • 52.5 Overtrimmed
    • 27.1 Dense and managed
    • 13.6 Tall and overgrown
    • 6.8 Recently rejuvenated

    Average trees/100m