Monks Wood Hedgerow Experiment

The purpose of the Monks Wood Hedgerow Experiment is to study the effects of different management regimes on experimental hedgerows planted in 1961. Hedgerows provide important semi-natural habitat and resources for wildlife in agricultural landscapes. Hedgerow management can substantially alter the condition of hedges and their value as wildlife habitats. For example, farmland birds and mammals rely on berries as a food source over winter, but most hedgerow species only flower and fruit on wood that is at least two years old. The Hedgerow Management Experiment provides scientific evidence on hedgerow management for policy-makers and land managers.