Dating hedgerows

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This worksheet is to help you establish what your personal hedges are.Cross out the suggestions for hedges that don’t apply to you, or ones that you don’t like or don’t want. It should reflect the hedges that YOU are committed to. • I will not go to strip shows or lewd bachelorette parties.Hedgerows lend beauty and character to rural landscapes and play an integral part in defining the historical landscape of the Borough.Much of rural Doncaster is characteristic of Lowland Britain's planned countryside having been "laid out hurriedly in a drawing-office at the enclosure of each parish, and has a mass produced quality of regular fields and straight roads" Oliver Rackham - The History Of The Countryside (1976).Hedgerows are a key feature of our landscape, especially as we have lost a great deal of unimproved habitat due to farming needs.They play a vital role as wildlife corridors for many species, including Bats. One method (Hoopers Rule) is a count of woody species in a 30 metre length of hedgerow.This is roughly equivalent to the circumference of the Earth!

Although these early hedges were used as field enclosures or to mark the boundaries of one person's property, there was no systematic planting of hedges in England until the first enclosure movement of the 13th century.Hedges also act as wildlife corridors, helping animals to move through open farmland while staying under cover. They can provide food, nesting sites and song posts for wildlife, and shelter and shade for livestock as well as wood and fruit for people.At present, there are about 46,000 km of hedgerows in Scotland.They were also used traditionally as a source of food, fuel and timber.Birds such as the mistle thrush and wood warbler, butterflies such as the peacock and meadow brown, and mammals such as bats and hedgehogs all use the shelter and food supply in a hedge.

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