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Hedgerow & Wildlife

Guide to Animals and Plants of the Hedgerow

Jane Eastoe

National Trust

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ISBN: 9781905400607

Price: £6.99

Publication date: 1 May 2008

Series: Countryside

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Hedgerows are one of the richest sources of wildlife in Britain. They have evolved over centuries (18th and 19th centuries predominantly but some date from pre-Roman times), and their importance is still vital today. This book offers an insight into hedgerow wildlife: how they developed (and are managed by man), how to identify different types, and what plants, birds, insects and small mammals can be found inside.

A mixed hedge may contain species such as elder, blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, crab apple and field maple, is a refuge for wildlife: tortoiseshell and cabbage white butterflies; linnets, wrens, dunnocks, blackbirds and chaffinches; bank voles and badgers. The plant life is equally as rich: the rose, honeysuckle, primrose, garlic mustard and the hedge woundwort.

This quintessential part of the English landscape can be enjoyed all the more with this little guide to the wildlife wonders inside the hedgerows.

ABOUT THE Author

Jane Eastoe has been a journalist and author for over 25 years. She was chief contributor to the National Trust Book of the Countryside and is author of Home Grown Fruit, Allotments and Britain by Bike, published by National Trust Books. She is also the author of Pavilion’s bestselling Vintage Roses and Peonies.

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"Here the information feels fresh and, most importantly, relevant." BBC Wildlife magazine