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.