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Carrie Riches from the North Somerset and Bristol Group recently attended the 37th National Hedge Laying Championships with a Hawk and Owl Trust stand, this is her review of the event.  Thank you Carrie.  
“The 37th National Hedge Laying Championships were held on land next to Chew Valley Lake on the 24th October 2015.  This year a Countryside section was included as an added interest for the general public, and to demonstrate the connection between good hedgerow management and its importance as a habitat for wildlife.  The North Somerset and Bristol Group was pleased to have been invited to attend.The weather forecast was not good so for mutual protection we snuggled up to the Somerset Wildlife Trust stand, which turned out to be very convenient, especially for our international visitors.  


It proved to be a fascinating day, albeit very wet!  Pat and I were intrigued to see the different styles of hedging, but the most interesting part was talking to some of the spectators who came to visit our stand.  We met a couple from Los Angeles who had come to the UK specifically for this event,  to see if there were concepts and techniques that could be transferred to the habitat surrounding their reserve in Cambodia.  Another group had come from Canada for a hedging conference and were exploring similar ideas,  investigating whether hedging could provide corridors through managed agricultural areas to the un- managed ‘wild-lands’,  de-conflicting public access and farming practices.  The hedgerows could also be  corridors for wildlife! Two of them also did a lot of ringing, or banding as it is called, so spent time comparing notes with Chris. The international flavour continued with a Phd student from New Zealand studying hedgehogs, and two hedge-layers from Holland demonstrating the Dutch style of hedging!   Apparently the traditions and skills relating to hedging had pretty much died out in Holland, though there were areas where interest was being re-kindled.  
We also received several inquiries on management techniques and the sourcing and siting of nest boxes from UK landowners.

By the end of the day, the surrounding hedges had been transformed and the somewhat damp competitors awaited the verdicts of the judges.  Next year’s event  will be held in the Cheshire area, though the venue has yet to be confirmed.” 

 

The Hawk and Owl Trust present at the event
The Hawk and Owl Trust present at the event

 

Hedge cutting in progress
Hedge cutting in progress
The finished hedge
The finished hedge

Norwich Peregrines Hatch First Chick of 2014 at Hawk and Owl Trust Urban Peregrine Watch Point

The first egg hatched on Saturday night (26th April). It was first seen at 19:37 still wet and in its half-shell so the actual separation of the shell would not have been much before that. The female was incubating at the time but the male came in and almost pushed her off the nest, continuing… Continue Reading

Visit our Stand At the Chew Valley Optics and Bird Fair – 11/12 April 2014

This event takes place on the lawns outside of the London Camera Exchange Lakeside Optics shop, next door to Chew Valley Lake tea shop, giving visitors the chance to view, get expert advice and buy, while testing out the equipment against this spectacular backdrop. There is also the opportunity to trade in old equipment in… Continue Reading