Bog Meadows Nature Reserve
Our ESC volunteers have been hedgelaying at Bog Meadows in this beautiful, cold and frosty weather.
Hedgerows are very important for many reasons. In the past they were essential for marking ownership boundaries and keeping livestock in fields and as such, they are an important part of our cultural heritage. Now, it's also recognised that they are of great value to wildlife and the landscape by providing food, shelter and breeding sites and enabling movement and dispersal of wildlife throughout the landscape. Increasingly, they also have a major role to play in preventing soil erosion, reducing air pollution, regulating water supply and reducing flooding.
This is why it's important to properly manage your hedgerows in a sympathetic manner so that they remain strong and healthy, but eventually all hedgerows need to be rejuvenated and hedgelaying is one of the best and traditional techniques for doing that ~ Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows Community Engagement Officer