There is a major concern that over managing our hedgerows will result in a considerable loss of valuable habitat for many creatures, from nesting birds, hibernating hedgehogs, dormice and other small mammals, to insects like beetles and butterflies. Hedgerows are so teeming with life that one study counted 2070 species in one 85 metre stretch. Even this was thought to be an underestimate.
The UK has lost 97% of its wildflower meadows since the 1930s
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