Hedgerows protect the grazing herds and provide an excellent breeding ground for birds and other wildlife.
It’s not something you’d think about when out on a country walk, but some of the hedges in Britain date back to the Bronze age – so you can see why farmers are so keen to look after them and keep the British landscape looking its best.
Hedgerows also play an important part in protecting grazing herds from wind and rain, and they offer an excellent breeding ground for birds and other local wildlife. To help wildlife flourish, many dairy farmers trim their hedges regularly, out of the nesting season.
Many dairy farmers also create 'wildlife corridors' by leaving a strip of grass around the edge of the pastures, as well as planting trees, wooded areas and establishing ponds to attract wildlife. Find out more about how dairy farmers care for wildlife and the environment.