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How would you describe a hedgerow?

It is a row of bushes or shrubs that have been planted along the edges of fields as a boundary so that fields are separated from each other. Sometimes other bushes and plants will grow between those that have been planted. The result is often a beautiful display of different flowers, fruits and leaves, adding splashes of colour to the countryside.

Hedgerows are very important to help support biodiversity.

As the crops in the field are harvested, the hedgerows offer a safe place for wildflowers to grow and provide shelter for birds in their thick bushes. If there is a wide variety of plants in a hedgerow, it will attract even more wildlife.

Let’s have a look at some of Ireland’s most familiar hedgerow shrubs, so you’ll know exactly what you’re looking at the next time you visit the countryside!