Staley, J.T. et al

Biodiversity and structural data from hedgerow management and rejuvenation experiments in England, 2005-2016

The dataset includes data on vegetation composition, flower counts, berry availability over winter, pollinator visitation rates, invertebrate, hedge structure and hedgerow regrowth from a set of long running hedgerow experiments. There were three experiments in total. Experiment 1 was based in Monks Wood, Cambridgeshire, and was used to investigate the long-term effects of timing and frequency of cutting on resource provision for wildlife. Experiment 2 was based at 5 sites across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Devon and was used to investigate the effect of timing, intensity and frequency of hedgerow cutting. Experiment 3 was based at 5 sites across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and was used to investigate the effects of different rejuvenation techniques on hedgerows. All three experiments were randomised plot experiments (full details of plots and their treatments can be found in the supporting documentation. The majority of the data was collected between 2010 and 2016 but for one experiment there is data from 2005.

The long running hedgerow experiments had two linked aims focused on management to maintain and restore the hedgerow resource under the agri-environment schemes:
• to examine the effects of simple cutting management regimes promoted by Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) on the quality and quantity of wildlife habitat, and food resources in hedgerows; and
• to identify, develop and test low-cost, practical options for hedgerow restoration and rejuvenation applicable at the large-scale under both ELS and HLS.

This research was funded by Defra (project number BD2114: Effects of hedgerow management and restoration on biodiversity) and managed by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).

Publication date: 2020-09-08

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Staley, J.T.; Dean, H.J.; Adams, N.P.; Amy, S.A.; Botham, M.S.; Chapman, R.E.; Baldock, K.S.; Pywell, R.P. (2020). Biodiversity and structural data from hedgerow management and rejuvenation experiments in England, 2005-2016. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2005-01-01    to    2016-12-31

Provenance & quality

All data were collected using standardised protocols developed for this research using existing published methods where possible. Data were collected by experienced field surveyors and ecologists. Species anomalies and lists were checked by experts to identify records that may be spurious. Data were collected on paper records and subsequently entered into Excel spreadsheets, prior to import into an Oracle database. Data were checked for anomalous values at time of data entry into Excel and import into the Oracle database. Data provided here have been exported from the database following various QA checks for locations, missing data and unexpected values. No other changes have been made to the data.


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Data from hedgerow management and biodiversity restoration experiments

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Joanna Staley
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB


Staley, J.T.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dean, H.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Adams, N.P.
Amy, S.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Botham, M.S.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chapman, R.E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Baldock, K.S.
Northumbria University
Pywell, R.P.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biodiversity Environmental survey
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs Award: BD2114
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:40