BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild September -

1 Coombes Val­ley

in Stafford­shire is a na­ture re­serve man­aged by the RSPB. The won­der­fully ma­ture hedges al­low wood­land birds, such as red­starts, to ef­fort­lessly move around the re­serve, with­out break­ing cover.

2 Asham Meads

in Ox­ford­shire is man­aged by the lo­cal Wildlife Trust. The ma­ture black­thorn hedges are a great lo­ca­tion to track down the elu­sive and late-fly­ing brown hairstreak but­ter­fly.

3 Creep­hedge Lane,

near South Wood­ham Ferrers, in Es­sex, does in­deed have a creep­ing hedge! In amongst the im­pen­e­tra­ble black­thorn, a range of other an­cient hedgerow plants can be found.

4 The Phoenix Hedge,

which runs be­tween Hen­leaze Park Road and Phoenix Grove in the city of Bris­tol is thought to have been in ex­is­tence for 800 years, mak­ing it one of the old­est known hedgerows in the coun­try.

5 Llanelli Lev­els,

just south-east of Llanelli, con­tain a num­ber of hedges with the now-rare English elm, hid­den away in amongst the other shrubs. Else­where, this species has vir­tu­ally been wiped out by Dutch elm dis­ease.

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