The Great British Hedgerow Survey
Some things are better joined up. Like hedgerows. And our approach to hedgerow conservation. Whoever you are and whatever interest you have in hedgerows, this project can help.
This survey is comparatively simple to do, but collects enough vital information to give a good assessment of hedgerow health, as well as robust advice for future management.
It has been designed for both land mangers that may want to improve the structural condition of their own hedgerows, but also for interested wildlife groups that want assess the quality of habitat in any particular area.
The data will be collected in order to give us a good overview of the condition of our hedgerows nationally. This helps guide future conservation work by People's Trust for Endangered Species and partners, whether it be through active, on-the-ground conservation or the messages we are putting out to the public.
What are the aims of this survey?
The two main aims of the Great British Hedgerow Survey are:
- The survey provides a health-check to assess the condition of each hedgerow surveyed. The results offer instant feedback and tailored management advice for each hedge to ensure the hedge thrives for the benefit of our wildlife in the future.
- To collect this data to get a national view of the condition of our hedgerows. Understanding the condition of our hedges gives us the best chances of helping restore them.
Please do make sure you read the survey guidelines before going out to survey a hedge. The guidelines give great hints and tips on what to take with you and will help you know what to expect from the survey before you start. If you would like to take a reference copy, this can be downloaded here.
It is also worth familiarising yourself with the different hedge structures you might encounter before you start your survey. You can download this version if you would like to print one and use it as a reference.