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Hedgerows are important for many different species. They provide shelter for birds and are used by bats for navigation and foraging. Great crested newts also use hedgerows to move between different habitat features.

These are some of the reasons that hedgerows have legal protection. Speak to us if your project affect any hedgerow.

Hedgerow Surveys

Important Hedgerows are protected under the Hedgerows Regulations 1997.

The act makes it an offence to:
• Remove hedgerows without permission from the Local Planning Authority

Removal of countryside hedgerows in whole or in part should not be done without the permission of the LPA.

Why are hedgerow surveys carried out?

Any development which could affect countryside hedgerows will benefit from a hedgerow survey. The LPA will have to make an assessment of any hedgerow which is to be removed. By doing the survey work prior to lodging a hedgerow removal notice you can provide the LPA with the data they need to make this assessment and save a lot of time.

How are hedgerow surveys carried out?

Desk study

Local authorities or local records centres may hold historic data on hedgerows which would make a hedgerow important on the basis of its age and as an ancient boundary.

Field Study Methods

Hedgerow surveys are ideally carried out in spring/summer when ground flora is present. Hedgerow surveys can be carried out in the winter months but the lack of ground flora could influence the results.

Hedgerow field surveys involve measuring hedgerows, and sampling areas in order to record the number of woody species, together with an assessment of ground flora and other associated features such as ditches and the number of standard trees.

The results are recorded and a report compiled indicating the importance of each hedge sampled. Hedgerows are important countryside features and benefit many different species of wildlife including birds, bats, butterflies, Amphibians such as the great crested newt, Badgers and reptiles.

Contact us for advice relating to your project

Case Studies

Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2)

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December 2016
Site: Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2) - from the West Midlands to Crewe Client: Biocensus c/o Arup ##Project overview In spring 2016 UES were subcontracted ... more...

Protected species surveys in Lydney

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August 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES were instructed to carry out ecological surveys on a former golf cours... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Breeding bird survey in Knutsford, Cheshire

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August 2011
UES have completed a breeding bird survey of a site in Knutsford, Cheshire in order to meet planning conditions. A breeding bird survey involves recording bird ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

National Vegetation Classification survey

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August 2011
UES have recently completed a National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey of a woodland in Cheshire in order to inform the client of any potential impacts t... more...

Arboricultural report at Tarbock, Prescot

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June 2011
UES have been involved at Tarbock for a number of years in an ecological and arboricultural capacity. Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverp... more...

Landscape design in Loughton, Essex

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January 2011
UES were commissioned in the winter of 2010 to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Loughton, Essex. The site which is in the grounds of a retirement... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Lancashire

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January 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Lancashire for Seddon Homes in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their deve... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

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May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...

Major Pipeline Survey

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January 2010
UES were commissioned by a Northwest based utilities company to carry out survey work for a major pipeline in the north west of England. ##Planning The propo... more...

GCN trapping and relocation

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November 2009
Augean PLC own and manage various hazardous waste landfill operations across England. In 2008/09, UES successfully won the tender to conduct a great crested n... more...