Hedgerows as part of a Living Landscape

Hedgerow at Layer Marney Tower. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Hedgerows are an important part of the English landscape and provide a number of essential functions, acting as boundary markers; resource providers; shelters and screens as well as a habitat for other wildlife. Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex Biodiversity Project have been surveying hedgerows in some of our Living Landscape areas, to find out how hedgerows vary in character throughout Essex, whether they are in good condition overall, and if not, what needs to be done to improve them.

Essex Sea Bass monitoring and tagging project

Sea Bass with tag. Photo: Essex Sea bass project.

The backwaters and rivers of Essex and Suffolk provide ideal conditions for juvenile Sea Bass to feed and grow. However Bass populations have fallen dramatically in the last few years due to over fishing adult stock and two harsh winters a few years ago. Essex Wildlife Trust has been working with recreational sea anglers, Cefas, the University of Essex, the Kent & Essex IFCA, and the Environment Agency to monitor the Bass population and discover what areas of the coast are used by this species at different times of year.

Dormouse surveys underway in Essex

Dormouse at an EWT reserve. Photo: Darren Tansley

Essex Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers are helping monitor two Essex sites for dormice as part of a project spanning 20 sites in Suffolk and Essex. The first checks have taken place this month, and the survey will continue throughout 2016.

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