Hedgerow Surveys

Hedgerow Surveys

Hedgerows are classed as a Priority Habitat under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) and also listed on many Local BAP. Hedgerow surveys are used as a means of determining the importance of hedgerows under The Hedgerow Regulations 1997.

Hedgerow surveys will often be requested by Local Planning Authorities prior to granting hedgerow removal notices. Removal of hedgerows designated as important under the regulations may be restricted. Where the removal of important hedgerows cannot be avoided, hedgerow translocations can be implemented. This is where sections are removed and replanted, either temporarily or permanently.

We are frequently commissioned to undertake hedgerow surveys and works include:-

  • Hedgerow Regulation Surveys of hedgerows located within a 17km pipe route for the Cheshire Brine Energy Project
  • Hedgerow Regulation Surveys of several hedgerows for a small pipeline scheme for United Utilities Plc
  • Hedgerow Regulation Surveys to assess this Priority Habitat, as required by planning for smaller developments for Lancashire County Council.

Photo: Female Blackbird (Turdus merula) eating Hawthorn berries in winter, Lancashire, UK. © Simon Booth

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