Hedgerows – Key to Biodiversity

Roadside Hedgerow

Roadside Hedgerow

Irish  Hedgerows are an integral part of  our countryside. At this time of year

the prominent species are Blackthorn, Whitethorn, Ivy, Holly, Hazel ,

 wild roses, brambles and Gorse.They are a haven for wildlife, nesting birds, newly fledged

birds  and host foods for many of our Irish butterflies and insects.

Many of our hedgerows date back to 18th and 19th Centuries when landlords

 enclosed commonage grounds and turned them into fields.

They are visually attractive  and provide shelter for stock and

a natural larder of food for birds.Drainage channels at the base of hedgerows

provide necessary water for many creatures and a home for aquatic plants and animals.

 

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