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Hedge Talks 2023

Don't miss our free online talks celebrating healthy hedgerows this National Hedgerow Week

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Hedge Talks is a series of webinars celebrating all that our unsung hedgerow heroes do for us and the environment. We have collected some of the brightest minds in the world of hedges to speak about everything healthy hedgerow.

You can watch the recordings from 2022 and 2021 here.

The Future of Food

Tuesday 9 May, 6 – 7.15pm

Nature-friendly farming is essential for providing food for the nation whilst ensuring wildlife and the environment are healthy and happy.  

We were joined by special guests George Lamb, TV presenter turned farmer, Kate Forrester, farmer and former private chef, and Tom Lafford – from Defra’s Land Use Project Team, as we discuss the future of our food. We will explore what farming and food practices need to look like, and the role healthy hedgerows can play within this.

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Healthy Hedgerows: healthy homes for dormice and birds

Wednesday 10 May, 7 – 8pm

Healthy hedgerows are a crucial habitat for dwindling dormice populations in the UK and for many of our bird species in our towns, cities, and the countryside.  

We were joined by dormouse expert Ian White who spoke about why hedgerows are so important for these tiny mammals and conservationist Lucy Lapwing who took us through the world of birds we might see and hear in our urban and rural hedgerows and what we can do to help make our farm or garden hedgerows their ideal homes.

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Hedge Knowledge: what national hedgerow surveys can do for us

Thursday 11 May, 7 – 8pm

To help our hedges be healthy we need to know them better. Hedgerow expert Lisa Norton from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology joined us to talk about some exciting updates on the systematic national hedgerow survey, the Countryside Survey as well as Megan Gimber from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species who talked about the Great British Hedgerow Survey and how we can all do our part to help with vital conservation work by monitoring our local hedgerows.

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