Group members attended the work day to layer Willow to create a live hedge. This would help wildlife on the meadow by creating open spaces for ground flora to thrive, some Willows were coppiced, other were cut down and treated so they would not grow again, which in turn will help the Reed canary Grass to thrive in the area. The coppice willow will be cut yearly to aid diversity in the area, allowing wildflowers and grasses to thrive. Live hedges do the same as dead hedges, provide overwintering sites for adults, eggs and larva of many species. They also provide shelter for insects, nesting sites for birds, with their leaves providing food for the Larva of many species of moth on the meadow . It also provides a micro climate on its leeward side.
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