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Dorsets changing hedgebanks - a resurvey of Professor Goods hedgebanks in Dorset - BD2107

Description
In 1948 a Geographical Handbook of the Dorset Flora was published. This was the result of an extensive botanical survey carried out by Professor Ronald Good between the years 1931 & 1939. Plant lists were collected from over 7,500 stands and over 250,000 plants were recorded. Out of the 7,500 sites, 1500 sites were hedgebanks. This was the largest data set collated for a single habitat type during the survey and it shows in great detail the condition of the county’s hedgerows during the 1930’s, a time when the methods of hedgerow management and the agricultural landscape within which they stood were considerably different from today.

In 1999 the Dorset Environmental Records Centre secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the computerisation of Good’s archive material. Individual species will now have their distribution mapped and directly available for comparison with other or present data on the distribution of that species. Site information, which carries habitat information, will similarly be an invaluable source of comparison (Data will be available January 2002).

A re-survey of these sites is proposed using Good’s methodology with additional detailed information relating to species composition and hedgebank structure.The resulting data will then be used to ascertain changes in Dorset’s hedgebanks and identify methods of favourable hedgerow management.

The collection of additional information will add value to the project by linking it to the surveys of hedgerows carried out under the Countryside Survey, allowing some of the recent changes observed during that survey to be set in context of longer term changes in hedgerow extent and quality.
Objective
1. An assesment of habitat change is to be measured by comparing floristic data from the 1930’s with present data. Factors responsible for these floristic differences are to be analysed by investigating differences in habitat preference. Knowledge of the habitat changes that have occurred over this period will help to inform policy discussions over the definition of favourable condition for hedges.
3. An investigation in to past and present land use, including those factors which are known to be responsible for hedgebank loss and deterioration, will provide further evidence for the causes of change.
3. Factors thought to be responsible for change will be used to assess the feasibility of reversing any changes that have led to reductions in biodiversity and to identify methods of favourable management.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (696k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (225k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (122k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (378k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (40k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (2844k)
• Final Report - Annex : Dorset's changing hedgebanks - a proposal to resurvey Professor Good's hedgebanks in Dorset   (529k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2002

Cost: £22,967
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Dorset Environmental Records Centre
Keywords
Agricultural Land              
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
Land              
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship