Hedgerows are lines of shrubs and bushes such as hawthorn and bramble and sometimes larger, mature trees, often seen around the perimeter of arable fields or along roadsides. They provide a habitat for nesting birds and foraging opportunities. They also create vital corridors for wildlife to travel between habitats, where they will be hidden from predators such as birds of prey.
Unfortunately, due to grants that encouraged the intensification of farming after WW2, many hedgerows were removed to create bigger fields. At the Belvoir Estate we are working hard to plant miles of new hedging. This will provide homes for our farmland birds across our arable land.
See what farmland birds you can spot in our hedges! Our farmers often see chaffinches and blackbirds and even the rare, red-listed, yellow hammer and greenfinch!