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What is a hedgerow?

It is a row of bushes that have been planted along the edges of fields. A hedgerow separates fields from each other.

Other bushes and plants grow between those that have been planted. Lots of different flowers, fruits, bushes and trees grow in a hedgerow.

Hedgerows are very important for wildlife. They give shelter to birds and other animals.

As farmers harvest crops from the fields, hedgerows are a safe place for wildflowers to grow.

Let’s look at some of Ireland’s common hedgerow shrubs.

You’ll know exactly what you’re looking at the next time you visit the countryside!