- Recording of hedgerow attributes to indicate whether a particular hedgerow is in ‘favourable condition’. Essential assessment criteria will include hedgerow type, dimensions, connections, adjacent land use, associated features, ground flora species and invasive species.
- “Important” hedgerow surveys
- Assessment using the Hedgerow Evaluation and Grading System (HEGS)
- Identification of development impacts on “important” hedgerows according to Hedgerow Regulation criteria.
- Assessment of the hedgerow’s potential to support protected animal species.
Preparation of applications for Hedgerow Removal Notices
- Method statements detailing actions to avoid or reduce impacts on hedgerows.
- Design and creation of new hedgerows
- Management plans to maintain and improve hedgerow condition in relation to Local Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) targets.
Design and implementation of a monitoring strategy to determine on-going hedgerow condition.
Hedgerow surveys can be carried out throughout the year, but to ensure all species are captured, surveys should ideally take place between April and September.