Woodlands need attention in many ways,
Hedgerows and natural areas are incredibly important on farms.
Hedgerows are biodiversity hotspots, providing shelter, food, and nesting habitats for a diverse range of wildlife. From pollinators like bees and butterflies to birds, small mammals, and beneficial insects, these natural areas attract and sustain a myriad of species. By preserving and nurturing hedgerows, we can create an ecological balance that enhances the overall health of our farms.
It’s time to cherish and protect these incredible natural assets on our farms. By embracing hedgerows and preserving natural areas, we can nurture a harmonious coexistence between agriculture and the environment.
A riparian forest buffer is an area adjacent to a stream, lake, or wetland that contains a combination of trees, shrubs, and/or other perennial plants. These buffers provide a number benefits including:
filtering nutrients, pesticides, and animal waste from agricultural land runoff
stabilizing eroding banks
filtering sediment from runoff
providing shade, shelter, and food for fish and other aquatic organisms
providing wildlife habitat and corridors for terrestrial organisms
protecting cropland and downstream communities from flood damage
providing space for recreation; and diversifying landowner income
Governments set targets for how much woodlands they want to see in the landscape. However, little is done to monitor how well those targets are being achieved. Moreover, the quality of the woodlands, including the age structure of trees and the mixture of species is important.