Map of Cornish hedges created

Cornish hedges, in their many guises, have been an intrinsic part of Cornwall’s landscape for thousands of years, and shaped the way wildlife has adapted and lived alongside us.

This includes the wild and evocative huge granite stacks and boulders of West Penwith - either lichen-dressed and carpeted by Thrift, or punctuated by wise and twisted ancient Hawthorn.

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Or, it can be the gentle green lanes of East Cornwall, where the Hazel hedges are lined with soft trees which buzz and rustle with countless insects and birdsong.

We can all agree that hedges are part of Cornwall’s many characters.

They define it’s many landscapes and its unique and stunning wildlife.Our Cornish hedges are the veins of Cornwall and we want to do all we can to keep the heart beating and healthy.

Given the increase in habitat fragmentation and the importance of habitat connectivity, ERCCIS believes that better understanding of hedges and woody networks in Cornwall is critical. Only by understanding their extent can we ensure their protection and sustainable management for years to come.

This is why, with the help of volunteers, ERCCIS has developed the first comprehensive and detailed digital map of hedges across the Cornish landscape.

The map provides a wealth of information for research, conservation and sustainable management of our wildlife and habitats. It will give us an understanding about how different species use habitats and interact with the wider landscape. We can investigate how connected and interconnected these areas are in the hope that future management plans will help protect isolated populations. The map therefore will be of great value to landowners, researchers and professionals.

The map is available from ERCCIS, visit their Mapping Hedges page for more information.