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How hedgerows and field margins are perceived by different interest groups

Oreszczyn, Sue and Lane, Andrew (1999). How hedgerows and field margins are perceived by different interest groups. Aspects of Applied Biology(54)

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Abstract

It is often assumed that hedgerows and field margins are most valued for providing wildlife habitats for threatened species and refuges for beneficial organisms. Interviews with a range of people showed that farmers and members of the public were as much concerned with the aesthetic appeal of a hedged landscape as the ecological value of hedgerows per se. While agricultural advisers stressed the ecological aspects when talking from a professional capacity, they were equally taken by the landscape qualities when talking from a personal viewpoint. Farmers were most concerned with the practical management of the hedgerows on their own farm, but when thinking of hedgerows beyond their farm they were also more appreciative of the landscape aspects. In all cases the trust each group had in the statements and actions of the other groups was important. Future research, regulations and management practices need to take account of these different relationships.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 1999 Not known
ISSN: 0265-1491
Keywords: hedgerows; advisers; public; farmers; landscape; ecological relationships
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 30149
Depositing User: Sue Oreszczyn
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 10:44
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 19:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30149
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