Hedgerows in the countryside form a network, with many hedges linked together. For the purposes of this survey, we need to define a ‘start’ and ‘end’ point for the hedge, which we will call ‘nodes’.
The circles on this diagram show the nodes. The numbers show the number of connections at each node circled.
- Where another hedge meets your hedge
- Where there is a gap in the hedge of 20m or more
- Where hedge structure changes dramatically for 20m or more
- Where your hedge meets another feature such as a wall or woodland
- Where your hedge turns a corner of 90 degrees or more
- The number of other hedges your hedge is connected to at each node.
- A hedgerow ending in woodland counts as two connections on that end.
- If there is a gateway or opening (less than 20m) at the node, count the hedge(s) that would otherwise have attached
- Survey guidelines
- 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?
- 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?