A Wild Maidenhead Biodiversity Action Plan project - 2019-2023
What's the problem?
Hedgerows have been removed from the countryside on an industrial scale and many remaining ones are so badly managed that their value to wildlife is much reduced.
This loss is one of the factors which has caused the decline of many plant and animal species traditionally associated with farmland. Reasons for hedge loss include changes in farming practices, development, damage caused by straw and stubble burning (banned since 1992), spray drift, neglect and indiscriminate trimming. In some cases, lack of management has led to hedges being reclassified as lines of trees or gappy shrubs. These relict hedgerows, although registered as lost, are still of value to birds and other wildlife.
We have begun to survey hedgerows in the Wild Maidenhead area. They are predominantly poor in species richness, being mainly Hawthorn and Blackthorn. The species rich hedgerows found require further surveys.
What are we planning?
Wild Maidenhead wants to undertake area-wide surveys of hedgerows, ranging from basic assessments to detailed species identification and recording. Then we want to fill gaps in hedges and improve diversity of farmland hedgerows. We have volunteer working parties who will be undertaking the surveys and helping farmers with projects which improve hedgerow quality and extent
What do we need you to do?
You can join the team who will be undertaking this work over the coming years. Please click on the button below to let us know that you are interested.