This week there has been a lot in the media about netting covering hedgerows. Like the one in the photo below in a village near to near I live.

The hedges are covered to prevent birds nesting in them while development is taking place.

Nets like this can also trap mammals such as hedgehogs who run along the hedges and badgers that may try pushing through the netting.

On a more positive note the blackthorn hedges in the field next to my house are full of blossom. Even though the weather was cool and dull the hedge was full of bumblebees.

Hedgerow in blossom


Further down at the end of the hedge I came across a flock of Yellowhammers and Sparrows feeding on split grain.


Hedgerows certainly make a difference to wildlife. A couple of years ago we took down a wall that surrounded our front garden and replaced it with a hedge. Even though the hedge is still small I have seen increased number of birds, insects and butterflies in the front garden.

At the same time we added a small pond which is often used by the local foxes and even the badgers as a place to drink.

This morning, to my surprise, a male mallard duck was sat in it. Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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7 Responses to Hedgerows

  1. Pingback: Appletons Wildlife Diary – Hedgerows – Wildonline.blog

  2. Tony says:

    My take on hedges, courtesy of a six-minute video, recorded in the Autumn of 2018.

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  3. It’s amazing and encouraging how a few adjustments and a bit of extra effort can attract wildlife to our patches so instantaneously. I was amazed how quickly I had hedgehogs showing up after making a few minor adjustments to the back garden. There shouldn’t be anything stopping us all creating more wildlife friendly spaces, whether living in a rural location or an urban one.

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  4. Great blackthorn in flower! It is impressive how hedges can make a difference to wildlife !🐝🌼

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