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Once established in additon to the species used to construct the hedge such as Hawthorn, blackthorn or dog rose, other plants native to the area can either be planted or allowed to naturally colonize the hedge. These include species of climbing plants such as Wild Clematis which provides food and nesting material for birds, moths and bees, and smaller wildflowers such as White Campion, Wild Primrose and Wild Basil which provide ground cover for small animals. Mixed hedgerows are important wildlife habitats, providing food, nesting sites and shelter for birds, small mammals and insects. A hedgerow also provides safe corridors for small mammals to travel from one area to another. Pictured at Old Warden Bedfordshire August 2005.

29th Aug 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Geography, Science

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