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Discover Suffolk's Hedgerows


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View or download the following Hedgerow GIS datasets as PDF maps

Individual parish maps

Lidar-derived tree canopy cover by parish

  • % land area
  • % land area woodland broadleaf trees
  • % land area woodland conifer trees
  • % land area non-woodland trees
  • % land area scrub trees

Hedgerow quality

  • % land area which is hedge tree canopy
  • % non-woodland tree canopy which is hedge trees 
  • % total boundary length which is gap
  • % total boundary length which is treed
  • % tree canopy which is hedge trees
  • density of field boundaries
  • mean % boundary which is gap
  • mean % boundary which is treed
  • mean height of treed lengths
  • mean total tree volume
  • mean tree volume per metre
  • mean variation in tree height
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Download the following GIS datasets as TAB or SHP format

  • Hedgerows cut by Parish boundaries
  • Hedgerows cut by Parish boundaries - gaps and treed sections
  • Suffolk Parishes with hedgerow information
  • Hedgerows, whole • Hedgerows, whole - gaps and treed sections
  • Tree canopy polygons cut by Parish boundaries
  • Suffolk Parishes with tree canopy information
  • Tree canopy polygons, whole
  • Hedge tree polygons
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Read a Nature Notes article on hedgerows by Peter Vincent

Click the images below to read or download PDFs of the Priority Habitat Factsheet: Hedgerows and the Suffolk Hedgerow Survey 1998–2012



PTES shares why some hedgerows are better than others for wildlife

The more plant species found in a hedge, the greater the number of other species the hedge can support. Many plant-eating insects, for example, depend on a particular plant species, so the more different plants there are, the more potential for insect diversity.

Since different shrub species flower and fruit at different times, this diversity and a good spread of plant species extend the flowering and fruiting period, beneficial to nectar and pollen-feeding invertebrates, and thus to their predator species too!

Some species require the presence of just one shrub species to survive in a hedge, but others need several for different roles throughout their life. A good example is the thrush which nests in the shrubby structure of the hedge, sings from hedgerow trees, and hunts snails in the base of the hedge before swapping to berries later in the season. Read more...

Image: PTES

Suffolk Naturalists Society: Into the Wild – Rewilding a Suffolk Farm

In January 2022, John gave up arable farming, and the entire farm was entered into a Natural England Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, the majority in wood pasture creation. His presentation will cover how he arrived at this decision, the thought process and the preparation behind it. John will talk about the first year’s experience, the surprises, the rewards and the hope for the future. View the presentation.

Operation Turtle Dove

Tall, dense mature scrub or hedgerows, especially those containing standard trees, thorny shrubs and climbers, are the perfect nesting place for the endangered Turtle Dove. Learn more about establishing a suitable nesting habitat.

Suffolk FWAG

As part of National Hedgerow Week 2021, three short films have been made promoting how farmers care for their hedges. 
Seven ways to love your hedges
The shear joy of hedges 
Hedgerows, a legacy

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