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Series: British Wildlife Collection Volume: 13
By: Robert Wolton(Author)
400 pages, 300+ colour photos and colour illustrations
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  • Hedges ISBN: 9781399411714 Hardback Feb 2024 In stock
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An absorbing celebration of the ecology, biology and cultural history of the rich hedgerow heritage in the British Isles.

Much of the UK is intensively farmed, and in such landscapes hedges are often the only refuge for wildlife. In addition to providing shelter, protection and food for animals, they also connect and bind together the patches of habitat that do remain, as well as playing vital roles in soil conservation and flood prevention – in short, they are vital for nature's recovery.

In Hedges, Robert Wolton brings together decades of research, while also incorporating personal experiences from his farm in Devon, to explore the ecology, nature conservation and wider environmental values of our hedges. From improving water quality and producing wood fuel as a renewable energy source to the use of hedges in boosting crop pollination, this engaging and authoritative book will help to inspire people to value and look after the remarkably rich hedgerow heritage we have in the British Isles.

Containing more than 300 photographs and figures, this latest addition to the British Wildlife Collection is a comprehensive commentary on hedges and our relationship with them.


Preface   6
Acknowledgements   10

1. The ever-useful hedge   12
2. What counts as a hedge?   20
3. Origins and history   38
4. Post-war losses, current extent and condition   60
5. Reservoirs of life   80
6. Wildlife highways   112
7. The shrub layer   126
8. Hedgerow trees   144
9. Bottoms, banks, margins and ditches   168
10. The multi-purpose hedge – traditional uses   194
11. Soil conservation, cleaner water, less flooding   212
12. Crop pollination and pest control   224
13. Carbon capture and storage   250
14. Hedges for wood fuel   270
15. Hedge management   292
16. Looking ahead   354

Appendix A Key results from 33 local hedge surveys in England, 2006–2010   362
Appendix B Trees and shrubs that are native in Britain or probable archaeophytes   372
Appendix C Priority species signifcantly associated with hedges in the UK   374
Appendix D Species names   377

Further reading   382
References   383
Illustration credits   392
Index   393

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    By ROSS 29 Feb 2024 Written for Hardback
    In recent years the vital role that hedges play in the beauty of our rural landscape and in providing habitats to a diverse range of wildlife in our countryside has been more to the forefront. The importance of hedgerows has been re-emphasised by our understanding of their role in relatively new areas of study such as their ability to lock up carbon, reduce diffuse pollution and even their role in providing people with a sense of well being whether it be simply being among them or social interaction when working on them.

    As a farmer, I enjoyed this book for its straightforward but informative guide for the general public to all aspects of hedges. Whether one is interested in landscape history, the life cycles of various types of flora and fauna and how they benefit from hedges or indeed other topics such as the hedgerows' contribution to carbon sequestration.

    This book successfully spans these diverse topics in a readable and attractive style made all the more pleasurable by a liberal dose of beautiful photographs. While it is clear that the author comes from an academic background he clearly has the ability to span the gap between academia and the practical world of all the people who work with hedges or simply enjoy them for their many benefits and beauty.

    In an easy style, this book also informs the reader of how there is a new effort to understand how our ancestors used and appreciated them and offers people a greater understanding of our countryside.

    This book can be considered as the defining book on hedgerows for our generation.
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Robert Wolton is an ecological consultant and writer specialising in the management of farmland and associated habitats for wildlife. Robert is a former hedgerow specialist for Natural England, and he has been actively involved in Hedgelink since its inception. He is also the founder and chair of the Devon Hedge Group. Robert is the author of multiple reports and articles on hedges for a range of organisations and publications, and he was the editor and lead author of Devon Hedges.

Monograph New
Series: British Wildlife Collection Volume: 13
By: Robert Wolton(Author)
400 pages, 300+ colour photos and colour illustrations
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