How to: find a hedge for your Biodiversity Survey

Hedges are everywhere. You will find them in streets, parks, school grounds and the countryside. However, if you need a little help to find a suitable hedge, try some of the following helpful tools.

Bear in mind that just because a hedge is on a map or in a database, it does not mean that it is open to public access. Please check with the owner or local authority first if you are unsure.

Ordnance Survey maps and Streetmap

A hedge in a rural settingA standard Ordnance Survey map (1:50,000) will show field boundaries, and these are often places where hedges can be found. The Streetmap website lets you search using an Ordnance Survey (OS) grid reference.

Streetmap website

Google Maps

Using the 'satellite view' function on Google Maps can be a good way of looking for hedges across the UK. However, not all hedges will be visible.

Google Maps

Where's the path?

A useful website called ‘Where’s the path?’ allows you to compare Ordnance Survey Maps with Google’s aerial photographs.

Where's the path?

Natural England database

This website allows you to search for farms and fields that have agreed to allow educational visits. You can even filter the results for those with hedgerows. To arrange a visit, contact the landowner before you go.

Natural England database

 

Hedge conservation

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